Posted by Brad Buchanan on May 11, 2013 at 09:23:53 from (220.127.116.11):
This is the latest update on the continuing saga of my 58" drilled well.
I cobbled together a temporary hookup to get water for tree planting until I can do a permanent install.
I lowered the pump into the well to about 3" from the bottom with a torque arrestor and a length of so cord and am getting water but it is still cloudy.
I let some water sit in a plastic barrel overnight and the cloudiness seems to be silt. the top water was clear with the grey/brown on the bottom.
I knocked together a temporary well cap out of scrap plywood, carriage bolts and duct sealing compound. It might not be perfect but at least a passing elephant will not trip and fall in!
I have pumped probably 6 to 7 hundred gallons and the cloudiness remains. It seems to me that eventually the cloudiness should go but there may be a reason why it won"t. There is no smell to the water that I can detect.
Would it help if I raised the pump a few feet?
The cap was off the well all winter so a critter may have fallen in. This water is not for drinking for the forseeable future just for irrigation but may need to be potable in a year or so.
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