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Solutions for Irrigation Problems

There are many of us out their considering having an irrgation system and many of us that already have them. A major Precentage of us however rely on a municilpal water supply to feed these systems. Any irrigation system owner who does rely on a municipal source scratches there heads because everytime they actually need to use the system a water a ban is issued or you get your first doosey of a water bill. You are frustrated and angry because you need that water. You have just installed thousands of dollars in nursrey stock on top of the irrigation system and you have dead plants and no water? By now the wifey is screaming or the hubby for that matter that all this money was just thrown away.

One way that you can avoid this issue would be to talk to your irrigation specialist about the GPM or gallons per minute of water the system is going to need to run . If you achieve this information you should consult with the town in regards to how much that amount of water usage daily is actually going to cost you. Caution sit down before they tell you. Also, consider how often your area does experience all out water bans. If the bans are often which is usually the case you may want to consider adding the cost of another water source to feed this system into the total projet cost..

Now you have a few options to remediate this system. You could install a shallow or a deep well system, both systems vary considerably in both functionality and price.

A shallow well system commonly reffered to as a dug or point well are the least expensive route to go. However they do have a few downfalls. Shallow wells utilize surface water as the water source now during a drought period surface water tends to dry up. During long drought periods surface wells are usually the 1st to fail. Another downfall of a shallow well system would be that generally speaking they usually utilize a jet pump as opposed to a submersible pumps. Jet pumps can be quite noisy and can be bothersome when they constantly loose prime with every power outage or surge. It should also be considered that surface water has a higher rate of bacteria or contamination issues when it comes to water quality. You may say to yourself that what does the water quality matter. However when it comes to irrigation wells you may stop to think that your kids or dog running in that water or that you yourself taking a quick sip from a hose does. When considering this option consult with your local board of health to see if they even allow shallow wells in your town or city this goes the same with deep wells however its more common for shallow wells to be banned.

A deep well system commonly reffered to as a drilled, artesian or pounded well are absolutly the more expensive route to go however they are also the more constant supply. A deep well utilizes water in aquifers deep in the earth’s. bedrock. With deep wells casing (steel pipe) is sealed into the bedrock seeling off all surface water. Aquifers are a more stable and are less effected by long periods of drought and contamination if properly sealed. Now please dont be fooled deep wells can be effected by severe drought and also by contamination but it is far less likley. A deep well utilizes a submersibe pump system set submerged deep into the aquifer. They make virtually no sound and can give you the ability to utlize VFD or variably frequency drive technology to support your irrigation system with a constant pressure and flow.

For more information contact Ashley Connolly @ ashley@wellguy.com or call her at 1-800-562-9355

Recent Flooding may be affecting water Quality

With all the recent rain it’s really played a toll on our septic systems and in turn our wells. Residents all over New England could be at risk for several different contamination factors due to all this rain.

Shallow wells such as, dug wells, point wells and others are particularly at risk for septic, fertilizer, salt and many other contaminants due to the flooding. When the water table is as high as it currently is and we experience high volumes of contamination hits in regards to water quality. Bacteria being the biggest contaminant found. If you have a dug or point well being used for residential/ potable applications it is highly recommended that you have a comprehensive analysis preformed on your water.

Not only shallow wells can be affected by this flooding a deep well otherwise know as drilled or artesian are also apt to have contamination hits. How you might ask? The well the most common reason would be that a lot of wells are in a well tile or are improperly sealed. Subsurface wells are particularly at risk of contamination due to the fact that they are underground. A lot of wells throughout New England have been exposed to septic overflows and could have potentially contaminated the underground aquifers. Now this article is not meant to scare you, but to inform you of the risks that occur when severe flooding is experienced and how to protect yourselves and your families. The only way to know your safe is to have your water tested.

Bacteria is an absolutely remediable contaminant in most cases. A thorough chlorination of the well will rid the system of any and all bacteria’s. It is always recommended to retest the quality a month to three months after the chlorination treatment is preformed to insure that it was effective.

Sick Kid from contaminated Massachusetts well water

There are however some instances where the bacteria issues are persistent and chlorination does not cure the problem. There are UV or Ultra Violet Filtration systems in which the water passes through the light and the light eliminates 99.9% of the bacteria. Now you may ask what the common types of bacteria found e.coli are and coli form is the most common present bacteria’s.

There can be warning signs that bacteria is present in the form of stomach upset and bowel issues. Children, the elderly and immune suppressed  individuals are the highest at risk to show symptoms.

If you have any further questions in regards to the flooding or contaminants, please do not hesitate to contact Ashley Connolly a representative at Northeast Water Wells Inc Her contact information is Ashley@wellguy.com or 1-800-562-9355.