How To Drive Your Own Fresh Water Well

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Re-blogged from Backwoods Home Magazine: http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/mcdougall128.html

By Len McDougall

Issue #128 • March/April, 2011


The well point’s slotted holes permit water to enter, while stainless steel mesh inside keeps out abrasive sand.

X marks the spot. How “witching” for water works is a mystery, but this time-honored method of locating good well sites is still in use today.

A good vacuum is critical to hand pump efficiency, so all threaded joints must be sealed with Teflon tape or pipe joint compound.

A 100-pound “slam-hammer” drives the well point and pipe down to the water table.

The first several gallons of water from your well will be muddy, until loose soil is pumped away to leave a cavity filled with clear water.

Well output is tested using a portable electric pump to see if it delivers the benchmark five gallons per minute.

The first drink of clear water from a well…

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