Small Acreage and Dug Wells
Answers: Hello Jennifer… thank you for your question. I understand completely, there are a lot of dug holes all over North America, it’s just the end of August and yes there has been a little bit of rain. However, in your situation we would be looking for a subsurface source, the rain at this point really hasn’t been significant enough to recharge anything… just enough to wet the soil a bit and certainly greatly needed at this time but won’t alter my work in any way… it’s a great time to seek out a stable source of shallow water for a dug water well.
I do locate a lot of sub-surface sources as well as groundwater for deeper drilled wells and but from August on is the best time of year to assess a dug hole site. We do want the site to be as dry as possible so that when we do locate a new water source we know that the source is stable. If we were to make this assessment during the wet seasons you may be sadly disappointed come the warmer seasons. The source may not only decrease but completely disappear come summer or fall, you need to find a stable source. Therefore I do not like to install dug well or shallow wells intil the driest time of the year.
There’s also a bit to know when installing a shallow dug well, be sure to hire a contractor who is experienced Jennifer, I like to see the concrete rings sealed with lots of good clean material for back filling. Even though it’s called a surface well you want to do all that you can to avoid surface contamination. These wells done right can also be costly… they are not necessarily a cheap fix but there are times that they may be a better option, find an experienced contractor. Just because someone owns a backhoe and has a little down-time it does not mean he has the experience to install a good well. But that being said, there are a lot of great contractors out there that know their stuff. I have one who has handled my excavations for many years… trust him completely.
I will publish more about small acreage and dug wells in the future! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer… Colleen