Cristo Balete wrote:The cloudiness might be the minerals in it. All of those plants you listed are an indication of a lot of ground water, but they wouldn't affect the color of the water. Can you get some kind of water filtering material, like a household charcoal water filter, run it through that, see if it clears up?
I will try to run it through one of the gravity filters.
Cristo Balete wrote:How deep is the well? It sounds like a good flow level, but you want to be sure that it is not shallow ground water that "upstream" or "uphill" from it there could be large amounts of cattle poop, animal poop. That is one reason to get a swimming pool test kit to check the level of bacteria in the water.
The well is sitting in a ridge (40cm high) and the closest area where animals can get to is 30m away, However our dog makes sure they don't go there.
Currently shallow ground water can get in the well too, but I am working on a clay wall to prevent that … just need to get the clay back out of the well… aargh.
Cristo Balete wrote:The clay might smell like sulfur because it is anaerobic, saturated with water and no oxygen, which is typical for certain clays around a spring or ground water, then the water running through it smells like sulfur.
The clay below the water layer is actually quite dry and the sulfur smell is only noticeable when digging in the well.
When you say you "started digging," does that mean you are continually digging it still? That could be causing the cloudiness. It could take a week or more to clear up after you've stopped disturbing the soil.
I am working on it from time to time to make it deeper and add storage capacity, however the well has not been disturbed for two weeks now.
I tried adding some gypsum (way too much) and it is clearing the water up!