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Offline JeanetteW

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A Strange Find
« on: July 06, 2009, 06:27:02 PM »
As many of you know my current project is to get my well off-grid, so I have been learning a lot about well construction and have even started making an amateur "well survey" of my immediate area.

I found what looked like an abandoned well just a few hundred yards away from my property on one of my well maps, so I went to check it out. Sure enough, there was a well head and it even had a faucet on it. Curious, I turned the faucet and a vigorous stream of water began pouring our of it!

I saw no electrical hookups - just a lonely little wellhead out in the middle of no where.

What the heck?
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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2009, 06:31:49 PM »
Could it be an artesian well?
They are usually either on the side of a hill or in a valley.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artesian_aquifer

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 06:46:55 PM »
Wow, that's pretty cool.

Now you have to figure out something to do with the water source.

Is it on state land?  What condition is the sight in, does it look like someone comes around regularly?

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 07:35:55 PM »
lucky ducky!!!!  That's SO cool!

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009, 08:09:47 PM »
I think Hare is right. If I remember correctly, I heard the word "artesian" a lot when we first bought this place. I suppose it is quite likely that well is artesian.

Its located in the middle of an adjacent pasture and I know the owners of that property so I had a chat with them. They couldn't answer my "artesian" question, but they said they had that well dug extra deep a few years back because one of the neigbors up the hill would deplete the aquifer a couple of times a year. It seems he had a habit of turning on the sprinklers as soon as the sun came up in the summer and wouldn't turn them of until the well ran dry.

So, they said any time I want to tap that well I am welcome - nice!

Now I just need to figure out the whole artesian thing. From the link Hare sent, the topography looks about right. That well head is a good ten feet above mine. I wonder why mine needs a pump?

I just love a mystery!
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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009, 08:24:45 PM »
Your well may be on a different level of aquifer so it may not be artesian.
Since they said they had to dig extra deep, they may be tapping into much "older" water than the shallow wells that were running dry.
"Older" aquifers are those that are maybe 100 feet or deeper and the water trapped in them may have been there thousands of years.
It could literally be ice age water or older.

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 08:32:47 PM »
I suppose I should ask them how deep that well is. I'd really like to learn everything there is to know about the ground water in my area. Do you have any ideas how I can find out?

I know my well is a little over 100 feet deep and its only about 30 feet to water. The water is cold and wonderful. I've never tasted better.

Thanks again for all the help
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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2009, 08:39:26 PM »
I am currently looking for a future area to purchase land and one of my main concerns is water.
I've found this site to be quite helpful.

http://water.usgs.gov/

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2009, 10:16:07 AM »
We have a artesian well at/on our BOL.  I have been told that it is 300 ft down.  we have recently had the water tested and it came out at 97% clean.  Ours does not have a faucet, so it runs constantly.  never had a problem with it.  Your find is very useful.

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 10:44:11 AM »
Could it be an artesian well?
They are usually either on the side of a hill or in a valley.

Artesians?

Ain't them the little critter what makes beer?

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 12:20:12 PM »
Submit a sample of the water to your County Agricultural Extension Agent.  He/she can have it analysed at a state lab for contaminants.  The analysis will also show what, if any, minerals are present.   Most states charge a modest fee for this

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2009, 12:20:26 PM »
Artesians?

Ain't them the little critter what makes beer?

Professor

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I'm sure many folks don't remember the old "I seen em!" commercials for Olympia Beer back in the 80s.  I tried to find one on YouTube to no avail.

EDIT:  HA!  I found one!

Artesian Gardener
« Last Edit: July 07, 2009, 12:24:51 PM by Klapton »

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2009, 01:19:35 PM »
nod to The Professor and Klapton +1ea
We don't have Oly here so that really brings back the memories.

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2009, 01:26:41 PM »
nod to The Professor and Klapton +1ea
We don't have Oly here so that really brings back the memories.


I also found a YouTube channel with a bunch of the old Ranier Beer commercials.

http://www.youtube.com/user/rainierbeertv

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2009, 06:10:10 PM »
My grandparent's old place had two artesian wells. One (1) was their main water supply at the base of the hill below the two houses. They used a gasoline pump to move the water from the well to a cistern in the attics. The water was full of calcium carbonate, and was delicious as soon as you got used to it. The second (2) was at the top of the hill, and it had significantly more iron. They never did use it (water isn't an issue in the area), and the water just flowed into a ditch by the side of the road.

They also a few other wet spots. One was in the middle of a field (3), where there was a slight valley formation on the side of the hill. The grass always grew taller there. And the forth (4) was a spot where clear water oozed out of the hill non-stop.

I'm sure there were other spots with water. Half their land was treed.

« Last Edit: July 07, 2009, 06:14:26 PM by Mark Rose »

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Re: A Strange Find
« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2009, 10:12:55 AM »
nod to The Professor and Klapton +1ea
We don't have Oly here so that really brings back the memories.


Geez. . .I feel old.

<sigh> I guess I'm off to the store to find some Geritol.

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