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Old 04-30-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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Well pump question

I've lived in my house for 12 years and never watered my lawn due to the well. Yesterday was the first time I watered the lawn....new grass seed / dry weather..and I ran out of water.

Question - I always assumed I should not try to water my lawn given I have a well but, is this assumption right or could there be something wrong with my water supply?

Don't know the well pump capacity, new (3 months old) 85 gal WellXTrol (pro) water storage tank. Simple old fashion back and forth lawn sprinkler.



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Old 04-30-2009, 08:11 AM   #2
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i live in a development where we all have wells. some can water their lawns daily, powerwash, etc.., ehile others can barely do a load of laundry without running out.

there are many factors that play a role, such as well depth, pump age,size and depth, geology and plain old dumb luck.


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Old 04-30-2009, 08:28 AM   #3
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From your description it sounds like your well can not supply the water needed for lawn watering. It should recover if you reduce your water usage for a couple of hours. Perhaps in future water for a shorter period and give the well a break to recover. How long were you watering before you ran out?
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My well works the same way. The well just does not produce a consistent water flow for watering. I had to slowly fill a 500 gallon water tank during the night then use this water reserve to water the landscaping. I also collect and recycle rain water for the gardens but I still do not have enough water for the entire (very large) yard. Next is to dig a separate landscaping well.
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Thanks the the info...sounds like I was right to begin with...if you have a well mother nature needs to take care of the lawn.

I picked up a sprinkler head that covers about a 20' x 30' area. I put a small tray in the yard and let the water run until the tray (+/- 1") was full. Not sure exact time but it could have been 30 to 60 min.

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