Yesterday, I installed an irrigation system for my small acreage. I watered the fields with wobblers. They are amazing.
At night, I open the tap to take a glass of water: murky greyish water.
Then a bath: same thing.
I figured I overused the well, it'll settle overnight.
This morning, still same thing: lowered pressure and murky water. I'm thirsty.
Anyone have some exerience with that? I'm a dummy in the field.
Whenever I irrigate for a few hours our water turns milky from tiny bubbles - the pump has to suck very hard to get water from this slow-producing well. They clear quickly from a glassful. If you set a glassful on the counter and leave it, does the murk settle out or does it just disappear?
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 2 years ago
I don't think that you 'broke your pump'.
You 'broke your well', so to speak.
It sounds to me as if you used too much water for irrigation.
Didn't leave enough for domestic use.
If you use water at a greater rate than the spring can replenish it, you will run into these problems.
It should settle down sooner or later, depending on how strong your spring flow is.
In the future, I would suggest filling some pitchers of water for the fridge before irrigating.
As you irrigate, monitor the state of your domestic water.
If it starts to cloud up, STOP irrigating, at least until the water clears up.
Yeah, water is still murkey, two days after. That's going to be a pain
I drank the water. And made some coffee with it. I'm still alive. At least, there's a pulse.
Also attached, pictures of the irrigation process. 5 beds of 100ft in a catterpillar tunnel for winter spinach/orach/claytonia here in Quebec.
Completely useless for the well diagnostic, but I wanted to share it. Lots of work as a month ago it was a patch of grass. Three years ago (before I acquired), a patch of GMO soy.
Really hoping people will buy my greens. I'm bled, moolah-wise.
Whats the situation in your resevior de eau ? basically I agree with John you took too much water from your spring at one time . It would be interesting to know if this is all sediment stirred up in your reservoir or is it like that coming into your reservoir now
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It sounds like the heavy usage churned up a lot of sediment - as the water reserve goes down, you can get changes in the bottom of your well which should have a small open area to pool water. You may have pulled a lot of sediment into the system, and hopefully it doesn't accumulate in the pump portion and clog that up. Hopefully it clears up with reduced use and you don't have to spend some "quality time" with your pump up close...
A couple of clarification questions. Do you have a well head, usually a pipe coming out of the ground, and what style of pump do you have. Jet and piston pumps are above ground, usually in a basement or well house, submersible or drilled well pumps are in the well itself below the water level. Is there a filter or screen on the water system and do you know anything about your water depth, well depth, recovery rate etc?n
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