We need to find a better solution. We have hauled water from the house to the garden in a 65 gallon tank and watered the plants with a wand for the last 6 weeks. Our new fruit trees, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and asparagus were in desperate need of water and often required multiple trips with water each day. Then there was the fact that we were leaving for vacation for two weeks and didn’t want to put that burden on our friend who was watching our place.
With a couple good friends and some strong backs we decided to drive our own well. This required a lot of trial and error. Our initial 1-1/4-inch pipe was purchased from a local that had it left over from a previous sand point.
After the first section, we broke the top of the pipe. We pulled out that segment and re-tapped the pipe and started again. After getting down a couple more segments of pipe the pipe broke again, this time 6-feet in the ground. This required a pipe jack and the tractor.
We decided the pipe wasn’t really made for a well, it was essentially galvanized pipe for docks or a chain link fence…..
The new pipe is stainless steel and went much better. After drilling down 25 feet we hooked up the pump and found water!!!
We were so excited to finally find water!! The water was delicious but also was at the maximum depth for a shallow well pump (25-feet). We tried to drive it deeper but at 33-feet we were hitting really hard pan and didn’t have enough pipe to keep going. After pulling it back up to 28-feet we had water at 24-feet so we counted our blessings and setup the watering system. We were set with a shallow well pump, a pressure tank and a couple 100-foot long hoses we had what was needed to water our entire garden and orchard!
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Darrick and Kay
Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. ~Exodus 17:6 ESV
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