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I made a video of my deep well water pumping system. Enjoy!


 
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Eric. Wow, that's a nice deep well! Why did you go almost 300 ft beyond the water level. Sounds expensive. But good water is priceless. Good idea to measure the water level. Those SQ Flex pumps sound really good design. Thanks for the video.
 
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Hey Jeremy, It's common practice for the well drillers around here to drill until 30 gpm is reached. A lot of off the shelf 240v A.C. pumps are 25 gallons per minute and it works good for that. If I were to sell out or pass away, they next people to own the property would most likely not be as crazy as I am haha.  The well was quite expensive. There is 80 feet of steel casing grouted in the bedrock to prevent and shallow waters from contaminating the deep aquifer. That combined with drilling made for about a 5000 dollar hole.  Funny thing is I never experimented with rain water catchment until AFTER the well was drilled. When I had the hand pump and realized how much work it was to pump water by hand for all the animals, i started catching rainwater. I had no idea how much water was just falling out of the sky.  I have a shed that's about 12 ft by 8 ft on one side of the roof, in one inch of rain I could catch over 100 gallons of water, pretty amazing.....well my shop is 40 ft by 50 ft and I estimate in 1 inch of rain I could catch 5000 gallons of water. It rains 43 inches a year here. With a couple large storage tanks I could satisfy my entire water supply with rain water.  Live and learn.

The state of missouri doesnt recommend drinking the shallow waters that you hit at less then 80 feet because it could be contaminated.  There is an old man around the corner from me that is 97 and still getting around great, he dug his well by hand in the 1950s. His wife would lower him down in the hole and would hoist the dirt and him back up. When he hit rock, at that time you could buy dynamite at the hardware store. He dug until water was pouring in faster then you could dig.  He cased the well by stacking concrete culverts end on end to the top of the hole.  If anyone but him drinks that water, it does make you feel kind of ill. But, I reckon it's nothing that your body can't get used to, and doesn't seem to affect the longevity of your life. He still drives and fixes clocks for people.  His wife just recently died. She was up the in age too.
 
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Eric, That's interesting. Nice work. Trick water system. One can't help wonder what one is drinking no matter the source. Id love to try some of that deep water if you can beam some over. The old timer neighbor sounds great. Men of steel eh. Better than Men of Arsenic haha. Here the basic water test is free but the one that tests for heavy metals, chemicals, etc costs. Something affected me on my old farm. I don't know what. Could have been black mold. The shallow well. Chemicals. Excess iron. Or a combination. I sweated it out at last.
That is impressive rain catchment figures. I'd use it for irrigation, toilet, and ponds and well water for domestic. Too much bird poop for my germaphobe sens abilities. Also roofs are covered in stuff from air pollution.
   I could see getting a bigger tank for the well water and a big one for rain water. Hey, have you considered a 'natural swimming pond'? I built one and it was my favorite project on my permaculture site. Do you have any clay on the land? How does it drain? Enjoy
 
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