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The Typical Home Water System

Most home water systems contain three basic elements:

  1. A WELL, or other water source.
  2. A PUMP, to move the water from the well into the home.
  3. A PRESSURE STORAGE TANK, to provide automatic operation of the home water system.

Wells

Wells can be drilled, driven, or dug. They can be shallow (less than 25 ft. deep) or deep (more than 25 ft.) Other water sources include cisterns and surface water, such as a spring or lake.

Shallow Wells

Shallow Well

Deep Wells

Deep Well

Water Well Conditions

What you Need to Know:

And Why:

Inside Diameter of Well Casing

Determines the type and size pump that can be installed.
A factor in determining well storage capacity.

Well Depth Determines how deep you can place the pump or jet assembly.
Helps determine vertical lift.
A factor in determining well storage.

Static Water Level

(How high does the water rise in the well when system is not in use?)
A factor in determining well storage capacity.

Well Yield

(Available from the Well Driller’s log, or by test pumping the well)
Helps determine total well capacity.
Helps determine discharge capacity under peak demand conditions.

Storage Capacity

Helps determine whether water supply is adequate to satisfy peak demand conditions.

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