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Old 07-06-2013, 8:18 PM
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Default Water well how deep

If shtf and no laws existed how would one estimate shallow water depth? I'm in alta loma next to the old river bed between upland and rancho at the base of the mountain and couldn't figure anything out on topographic maps. The technique using water jet PVC pipe won't work due to millions of rock. I think the depth isn't far down as my neighbor tried to flush out a gopher hole with a hose for over 5 hours and the water never came up. Any ideas?
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That all depends. The well on my place is 165 feet and gives about 60 gallons a minute. My neighbors about a 1/2mile down the hill in the same drainage has a well at 600 feet and get 10 gallons a minute.
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Old 07-06-2013, 9:20 PM
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Ditto. My parents have a place near Nacimiento (Paso Robles area), in a notoriously poor water area. Didn't get a drop until after 700 feet, but hit a huge 100 plus gpm artesian well. Water level is only 15 feet down.
So, YMMV with wells.
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My well is 385 feet down. You have to drill to the second aquifer to ensure clean water. Don't try it with an entrenching tool.
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I have some desert propert with plenty of water at 30 feet. The water at 120 taste better though.
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If shtf and no laws existed how would one estimate shallow water depth? I'm in alta loma next to the old river bed between upland and rancho at the base of the mountain and couldn't figure anything out on topographic maps. The technique using water jet PVC pipe won't work due to millions of rock. I think the depth isn't far down as my neighbor tried to flush out a gopher hole with a hose for over 5 hours and the water never came up. Any ideas?
Where at? I'm at the top of amethyst
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Where at? I'm at the top of amethyst
Pearl and hillside. My wife teaches at stork.
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Ditto. My parents have a place near Nacimiento (Paso Robles area), in a notoriously poor water area. Didn't get a drop until after 700 feet, but hit a huge 100 plus gpm artesian well. Water level is only 15 feet down.
So, YMMV with wells.
15 feet now that's totally do able. Ya it taste like crap and have to be filtered but be great for garden.
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Water witch it (Dowse) to see if you have water and how deep.
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Pearl and hillside. My wife teaches at stork.
You're not far. I had 3 companies come quote Nd the cost was $15-25k.

Remember we're all rocks, you're not getting water at 10 or even 50 feet.
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You're not far. I had 3 companies come quote Nd the cost was $15-25k.

Remember we're all rocks, you're not getting water at 10 or even 50 feet.
Thanks that's good to know. I gotta figure an alternative. I have a cabin in running springs with water rights but I heared from neighbor the well was $20k. Sucks with this 6" rainfall we are pretty screwed long term. Did any companies have an estimate on depth?
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Thanks that's good to know. I gotta figure an alternative. I have a cabin in running springs with water rights but I heared from neighbor the well was $20k. Sucks with this 6" rainfall we are pretty screwed long term. Did any companies have an estimate on depth?
They've never done any by us so they said it could be 150ft or it could be 400ft.
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Check out a current potentiometric surface map of your area. You can find them on DWR or RWQCB websites or ask a local well driller.
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When you call the driller don't forget you pay for the dry hole too.
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When you call the driller don't forget you pay for the dry hole too.
This is a very good point. I have a well with ~$20,000 into it. 260' down, pump and installation.
Less than 1 gpm refresh.
Worthless.

Neighbor has 40+gpm refresh
Go figure
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15 feet now that's totally do able. Ya it taste like crap and have to be filtered but be great for garden.

No, the water is coming from 700 feet down, but the pressure it is under forces it up to within 15 feet of ground level. Perfectly clean water.
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We're at 160ft and servicing two houses (not sure of GPM), I'd really like to drill a second well on the property for back up
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