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Old 02-24-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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We're looking at a home with 3.5 baths (two jacuzzi tubs) in the main house and single bath for the guest house. Wife and I are at home all day, most days as are our two kids and we periodical have a guest or four for a month at a time. If we buy the house we intend to install an outdoor hot tub.

Our current usage is 4300gal per/month but this does not include drinking water or guest usage. I'd imagine we would use more in the new house as we would want to enjoy those tubs, not to mention that we currently pay pay $300+ a month for water.

Sellers are saying they get 1 gal/min + cistern from the existing 400ft well. Supposedly a new well drilled at 800ft could produce 3gal/min at a cost of $16K.

I do not know the recovery rate on the well (well inspection is next week), but even if the well produced 1gal/min for the duration of the well test, that seems kind of low if it decreased during dryer months etc. We also have to think about resale value and 1 gal/min seems out of place for a house this size.

BTW the main house has never been lived in - the well was originally drilled for the guest house that was used as a small summer cabin.

The house is on 5 acres but there is no water rights for any irrigation or horses etc - which is fine by us.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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We're looking at a home with 3.5 baths (two jacuzzi tubs) in the main house and single bath for the guest house. Wife and I are at home all day, most days as are our two kids and we periodical have a guest or four for a month at a time. If we buy the house we intend to install an outdoor hot tub.

Our current usage is 4300gal per/month but this does not include drinking water or guest usage. I'd imagine we would use more in the new house as we would want to enjoy those tubs, not to mention that we currently pay pay $300+ a month for water.

Sellers are saying they get 1 gal/min + cistern from the existing 400ft well. Supposedly a new well drilled at 800ft could produce 3gal/min at a cost of $16K.

I do not know the recovery rate on the well (well inspection is next week), but even if the well produced 1gal/min for the duration of the well test, that seems kind of low if it decreased during dryer months etc. We also have to think about resale value and 1 gal/min seems out of place for a house this size.

BTW the main house has never been lived in - the well was originally drilled for the guest house that was used as a small summer cabin.

The house is on 5 acres but there is no water rights for any irrigation or horses etc - which is fine by us.
How lucky we are in Michigan.....

My well produces 100 GPM...

So even 3 GPM sounds like a problem.

I know in your area people live with it all the time...

Storage is the answer.

Also, talk to some local drillers and your local health department.

They know the area.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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100gal/min... wow - do you live on a houseboat

We had the well inspected yesterday and at this time of year the well was only producing 1/3 GPM .

We will talk to the local driller, but the inspector gave as an estimate of $20-23K to drill to 800ft. 50/50 chance that we'll hit water. Who knew gambling was legal in this part of Colorado.

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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My bathtub fills at a rate of 300 litres every 10 minutes or so, or 30 litres per minute, which is 8 US Gallons a minute, and I consider that to be bloody slow.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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23 GPM from my 150' well in Northern Nevada. It meets my needs but I'd still like more.

1 GPM seems awfully slow.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:48 PM
 
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DWR Home

Maybe something in here will help with your research.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: central va central me south fl
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when the driller drills well for our house, he found water at 300 feet with replenishing rate about is 1 gpm , the ideal rate for our area is 3-5 gpm. he give me an option to drill a new well but can not guaranteed the better result or go down for 40 feet and use the 8 inches casing to hold about 200 gallons.
i think we should be able to manage 800 gallons pay day (200 + 60 * 10h active hours) and let 14h none active hour to refill the 200 gallons reserved.
we have not ran out of water yet, but we do not water the garden, washing cars on the same day either.
the water quality is very good, the well is drill through granite rock.
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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1 GPM is an acceptable rate of production only with a significant storage tank/cistern to buffer the supply/demand rates.

Consider that even a "low flow" shower nozzle is 2 GPM, and you can't keep up with that. Add in the potential for a couple of people bathing, some use in the kitchen/laundry, and you're way over what you can deliver.

I'd want at least 1,000 gallons of cistern in this system so that you can deal with the prospect of lower seasonal flows. More would be even better.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply's and for the link! I spoke with a local driller and he felt very confident that a new well would produce better than 1/3 GPM. Neighboring properties are between 3 and 5 GPM. We are requesting that the seller drill a new well before moving forward. And if need be install a cistern in the house.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:44 AM
 
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You might want to consider testing the plumbing in the house before (possibly) increasing the pressure on the system. You might develop a leak somewhere with the added pressure. I am on a well and would like to have more pressure/flow but that is always in the back of my mind.
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