Published: August 2, 2018

    Fight Summer Well Water Droughts

    The groundwater aquifers that your private well taps for your water supply cannot be easily monitored, which means a summer well water drought can strike at any time, especially if you have a shallow well. During prolonged summer droughts you may feel uneasy, assuming your well could dry up any day.

    Groundwater levels naturally dip during late spring and the summer, as trees and plants use the excess water in the soil to grow. These fluctuations in groundwater levels can affect hand-dug wells quickly, especially during the summer.

    Here’s how you can combat summer well water droughts and prevent your well from drying up:

    Test Your Well Regularly

    While you may not be able to directly monitor the aquifer your well relies on there are tests that can be conducted on your well water to determine how quickly your well replenishes. Hire well specialists to conduct a well water test in which they let the water run and measure the drawdown rate over the course of a few hours.

    The floating water level monitor will determine how quickly your well replenishes. The lower the rating the more likely that your well should be cleaned or the groundwater aquifer is nearly depleted.

    Upgrade Your Pumps

    No matter how much groundwater is available your well water won’t supply you with drinking water if your pumps are poorly maintained. If you neglect your water pumps you won’t be able to fill your storage tanks in a timely manner. Check your water pumps and determine if they are underpowered. If so, invest in an upgrade so your well doesn’t zero out during the drier summer months.

    If your well quits producing water abruptly the culprit is often a worn-our or malfunctioning pump. Check all mechanisms in your well, including your pumps, pressure tanks, and wiring, before assuming you have no water.

    Conserve Water

    Let’s say you live in an area experiencing a prolonged drought. With the onset of climate change more and more areas are becoming drought-prone, and as a homeowner you can make adjustments to your lifestyle to dramatically cut the amount of water you and your family use every day.

    We know cutting your water use can be difficult without a guide, which is why we developed our exhaustive water footprint calculator so you can pinpoint exactly where you are wasting water each day. The calculator tool also includes helpful and specific tips to reduce your water use in every spot in your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the hose outside.

    If you are worried about the water level in your private well the first step to take is to reduce the amount of water you use to water your lawn and garden. Watering the lawn is deemed “nonessential use,” and many municipalities have banned lawn watering outright during drought conditions.

    When well water is running low your well is susceptible to many common contaminants, including coliform bacteria, manganese, iron, nitrates, tannins, and sulfur. Don’t wait until it’s too late to treat and filter your well water. Order a well water testing kit today to ensure your well water is safe and pure.