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Old 07-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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How are wells made

I am speaking of the old wells where you host the bucket too the top. Can you just dig a hole 30 feet down and your well is filled with ground water? I never understood that. I know modern wells are dug by drills until they hit water, then it is pumped.


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I've heard of guys digging wells and the water comes in so fast, they can't climb out fast enough.

Yeah, you would just dig down and haul the dirt out as you go and hope like hell it doesn't collapse on you. I had one years ago which was only about 16' deep, brick lined, and maybe 5' wide. It had water up near the surface and you could barely put a dent in it pumping 500 gal. out at a time. I often thought I should build a small elevated tank and have a water dispenser there and charge $2 for 500 gallons.


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Your taking about a water table well. It doesn't matter whether they are hand dug, or drilled with a bucket drill. They are shallow into the water table. You probably won't see a bucket anymore due to health regulations, but it would work if you ignore the regs.
In many areas of the country they don't work because the water table is either too deep, or it is contaminated.

A lot of the small diameter deep wells are being drilled completely thru the water table and into a confined aquifer. The well casing is sealed at the confining layer to keep water from the water table (unconfined aquifer) from entering the lower confined aquifer.
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In the 1950s, my grandparents in Mississippi had a hand-dug well, complete with pulley and bucket. Just depends on the water table. Where I lived in Kansas, you could strike water at around 20 feet. Lots of people had shallow wells drilled just for watering the lawn and garden. On my property in Maryland, water just bubbled out of the ground in a couple of places. On the other hand, my current well in WV is 750 feet deep.
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