What to Do If the Well Runs Dry
Your well system works by inserting a pump inside a drilled hole to bring water up and into the house through a pipe. If there is no ground water available to enter the pump, it sucks air instead of water. When the tap is turned on, nothing comes out. In most cases, this is caused by the underground water table dropping below the level of the well pump.
Signs of Trouble
Look for signs that your well is under stress. Tap water may look muddy or murky or the taste might change. Spigots might cough and sputter as air comes through the line instead of water. The submersible pump may be pumping nothing but air. All are signs of dangerously low water levels.
If your well has stopped pumping water and you do not have a pumptec device installed to protect your pump, IMMEDIATELY turn off the circuit breaker to the well.
NOW WHAT? Take a deep breath, all is not lost. A small water tank and pump could be used to supply non-potable water into your home in the interim. Local fire departments may be able to provide you with the non-potable water.
|Perhaps the well’s pump can be lowered to reach the lower water table. If there is room, the pump can be placed deeper into the well’s borehole.|
|Deepening the well itself or drilling a new well, so that it reaches further below the water table. However, drilling is never a guarantee that you will get more water or that it would be sustainable.|
|Invest in a water storage tank, pump, and have potable water delivered to the home. Make sure your deliverer is potable water certified.|
|Invest in a rain catchment system|
Pros and cons:
Lowering the well’s pump:
Deepening or drilling a new well: