Monday, June 2, 2014

Well- Day....Who Knows?

Your friendly well drilling instructor here again...we are nearly done.
 Catch up here if you desire.
Last time, we left the well, it had been dug to 400 feet, the permanent casing...perforated and solid...had been welded into place and the top capped for safety.
Developing the well is the next step and took 3 weeks for the pump company to squeeze us in.
They arrived the morning of Sugar Plum Fairy's First Holy Communion.
With so many wells being dug in the Valley, we are at the drilling a pump company's mercy.
Crying and pleading will only help so much.
This is when we first see that there IS water...
Developing a well basically consists of a ginormous generator blowing air into the well and forcing water and gunk out.
Notice the color of the water in the first picture...dirty and gunk filled.
And then it gets cleaner and pretty.

The blowing out is done in sections...the "blowing water out pipe" 
is raised and lowered with each new section. 
(I am VERY technical in my descriptions, huh?)
Trenches had to be dug for the water to flow into while this step went on.
This is just to divert the water from where we don't want around the trucks. 
 While these guys were very nice, we didn't want them stuck here forever.
And to divert it from our pet's final resting spots.
We have quite the cemetery happening over the years.
Once the well is clear, the excitement continues...the pump. 
The umpteen thousand dollar piece of equipment that will, hopefully, pump the beautiful, life sustaining liquid from the earth to our trees.

The top of the pipe casing is cut flush to the concrete.
 The pump is securely attached to a piece of column  (more pipe) and lowered into the well.
The pump was set at 250 feet and that amount of pipe is welded in sections and lowered. 
This is to hold the pump in place and is what the water will flow up through.
And where one hopes everything works and is attached tightly...would be disastrous to lose the pump to the depths below. 
See the pipe with the flat plate attached?
This will be the top and sit flush on the cement pad.

Next up...will there be water?

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