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Was going to look at a place on the river here but found out the well flow is less than 1 gallon and to get a permit to draw water from the river costs $1800 and takes a year to obtain it. Is there a way to have enough water for myself my dog and my garden?
 
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https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/808-Shively-Creek-Rd_Canyonville_OR_97417_M95800-84274

Realtor says it has water rights but the water master says that's not true
 
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If the pump is not working correctly that could explain the the 1/3 gpm. Could you give more detail about the pump? If you pump all day ( 24 hours non stop) by the end you would have 432 gallons of water. ( Here is my math 0.3 gpm X 1440 min/day = 432 gallons). One option would be to get a tank to store the water in and pump when the tank gets low. Another option, talk to people in the neighborhood and see what they are doing about water.
 
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I was a thinking it might be the pump as well even though this area is not good for wells. My irrigation pump was pumping out quite a bit of water even though it slows to a small flow after 15 minutes or so..just a few weeks ago it suddenly stopped then started again to a to trickle,  now it is a low flow as well but doesn't stop.
The water master said quite a few people are pulling from the river . If I can get by for a year my permit would allow me to pull from the river as well.
I'm just so in love with living on the water!
 
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Susan Boyce wrote:I was a thinking it might be the pump as well even though this area is not good for wells. My irrigation pump was pumping out quite a bit of water even though it slows to a small flow after 15 minutes or so..just a few weeks ago it suddenly stopped then started again to a to trickle,  now it is a low flow as well but doesn't stop.
The water master said quite a few people are pulling from the river . If I can get by for a year my permit would allow me to pull from the river as well.
I'm just so in love with living on the water!



If a lot of people are getting water then it could be an issue of depleting the water and not giving it the time to recharge the wells. Have you asked the water master about any wells that may have overlapping cone of depressions?
 
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No I did not as I'm not even sure what that is. If you click on the link you can also get a satellite pic that shows there are not a lot of people on Shively Rd, It's just that road that is bad for wells because of the rocks. They can drill easy enough but the water doesn't always hold. The water master said I could get a permit to have my own water but it takes a year so one year will be a bit difficult unless the tank holds enough water. I would think it has at least the minimum amount since the renter has 4 dogs but they can also drink from the river. I'm setting up an appointment next week to find out more.
 
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Overlapping cone of depressions from https://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/watermgt/wc/subjects/groundwaterprotection/gwpub/page7.pdf :

"Cones of depression also can interfere with neighboring wells. Changing the direction the groundwater moves isn't the only effect pumping may have on groundwater. If a well owner pumps water out faster than it can be replaced, the water table will drop and the well might run dry temporarily."

Good luck with your appointment.
 
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Thank you for the link to explain this. I plan on going out to the property soon and will ask all I can plus call the water master again.
Also can I use a hand pump as well?
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