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Old 05-30-2006, 03:45 PM   #1
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So i'd LOVE to have a finished driveway. In fact, I really would like to expand it from where it is in order to be able to park 3 cars on it.

The problem is that the well is smack dab in the middle of the driveway about 4 feet out from the garage door. The driveway is currently gravel. I have yet to dig down to locate the well, but here's the question :

Is there some kind of access cover that can be built into asphalt? I'm hoping somebody has come across this before. Its not that i'll necessarily have to ever get to the well, but there's no telling.... it would be hard enough to access it thru the gravel the way it is now, let alone having to tear out asphalt and then get it patched. No thanks.
I don't necessarily need to park the car all the way up to the garage where the well is, but to just stop the driveway and then change to gravel or dirt for 4 feet would just look stupid.
Any ideas would be extremely helpful.

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Yes, it is not a problem to build in a access tube and cover. Just think of it as a water main cover and access.

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yeap just use a access tube like they do in your city probabaly and then blacktop around it
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Wow. I think I'd be worried about vehicle contaminated runoff.

I'm not a driller or installer but I've had my hands and brain in a well or two. Most the perk/inspection results I've received have a minimium distance from any runoff contamination more less motor vehicle.

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Are you sure that this is the actual well location, or just a shallow well pumphouse location?
Do you have a copy of the well permit? Can you get one from your Health Department or a former owner? You can get your Health Department well permitting rep out for a consultation.
If it's just a pumphouse location, you can move it.
Sounds like you need to do a little research before proceeding.
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Are you sure that this is the actual well location, or just a shallow well pumphouse location?
Do you have a copy of the well permit? Can you get one from your Health Department or a former owner? You can get your Health Department well permitting rep out for a consultation.
If it's just a pumphouse location, you can move it.
Sounds like you need to do a little research before proceeding.
Good Luck!
Mike
According to the previous owner, the actual well is in the middle of the driveway. The pump/bladder system is in the garage (soon to be moved) I haven't seen a copy of the well permit, but the house was built back in the 50's. Who knows where the driveway was back then... I worry about contamination as well, but I keep a close eye out for oil spots in the gravel so that I can fix the problem before it becomes contaminated. Not to mention we've had the house only 2 years, and the well was obviously tested right before we bought the place. Clean as a whistle.
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I used to build groundwater monitoring wells and there was always the potential for surface water contamination. If you use a good monument and keep it maintained, it should be fine. Make sure to get one with a rubber seal around the lid that also locks or bolts into place. Another concern is contaminants running down the outside of the well casing into the aquifer. One solution to this is to dig down along the casing for a few feet and seal it with an expanding clay such as bentonite, which is available from any driller in town. This might have been done when the well was built, but you never know.

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