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Old 10-28-2007, 04:39 PM
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We have been looking for houses in CO in Custer County (high elevation) and have found a good fit -- except that the current well is producing on 1.5GPM.

We are a large family of 8 and I am concerned that the well will not support us. Average household uses for simple things like running clothes washers, showers, flushing toilets, etc all exceed 1.5 GPM.

The real estate agent advised us to just get a cistern to use in addition to the well.

Anyone with experience using a well/cistern combo and how effeciently it produces? Anyone able to estimate costs of installing a cistern system in connection with the well?

We really like the house but don't want to get into a situation where it won't give us an adequate supply of water.
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Old 10-28-2007, 08:46 PM
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We had a similar low volume producing well on a ranch property and installed a 2,000 gallon tank and pressure system so we could take showers, run dish/clothes washers, and have water for cleaning, etc. It cost us about $2,500 to add this to the water system, but I can't say that's what it will cost for your location and situation.

If the well will consistently produce 1.5 gpm, that's 90 gallons/hour. If the well has a chance to fill the tank before you move in, then it should be able to keep up with your needs if your are conservative about domestic water use. We installed low-flow shower control valves and nozzles which helped on that. The clothers washer and dishwasher have water level sensors, so they fill up to the required level before going into the next cycle ... with a family of 8, I expect that you're running full loads.

Your main priority will be to establish that you have a reliable 1.5 gpm well. If it's seasonal, or gets much slower in drought cycles, there could be an insufficient supply for your needs.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:07 PM
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No big deal as long as the well produces 1.5gpm all year round.

Put in a water tank and you are good to go.

This is a very common situation.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:02 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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