Q) Water from the tap has a milky colour. Why is it cloudy ?
A) If it is cloudy then something is not right. It is our mandate to provide water that is clear. Cloudiness indicates the presence of silt and/or suspended particles that can clog filters very quickly.
Q) How deep does my well need to be ?
A) I generally provide a range of expected depths to a client based on comparable wells in the area but nothing is fast and firm in this trade. Conditions underground can change quickly so if there is a range of depths in a given area which may necessitate a deeper well.
Q) What will the water flow be like ?
A) Ultimately you don’t know this for sure until the well is completed, developed and test pumped. Comparison to wells in the area can suggest a range but until it’s in, we don’t know.
Q) What is the minimum flow rate ?
A) There are suggested minimum flow rates for domestic household use and some banks will want to see a minimum flow rate to provide a mortgage. It ranges from 3 to 5 gallons per minute.
Q) Can I fill my pool from my well ?
A) If your well is capable of sustained pumping for that long then you could. That being said, however, it is recommended to use municipal water to fill your swimming pools and or hot tub because it is already chlorinated and won’t have any minerals or bacteriological issues that may affect the colour and/or PH of the pool water.
Q) Can I use automatic landscape water sprinkler systems ?
Q) Yes you can. As long as the flow rate of the well can sustain the prolonged pumping. There is a vast range of pumps sizes and horsepower. If the well is capable, I generally like to provide 10 GPM to a client unless they have a system in the house that requires more (i.e. geothermal, on-demand hot water heater, pop-up sprinkler heads, etc.)
Q) Can my well water be 10,000 years old ?
A) Deep drilled wells are usually tapping into an aquifer that was deposited there during the glaciation of this area approximately 10 000 years ago. This water is unaffected by seasonal rainfalls and surface water so there is no change to flow rates. If you well is quite shallow however, it might not be.
Q) Can earth quakes felt in Ontario affect my well ?
A) Yes, an earth quake can have an effect on a well depending on the severity. Moment of tectonic plates create earthquakes.
Q) Is it true the earths crust moves under our feet ?
A) It is true, tectonic plates move about 7.5 cm a year. Moment of the tectonic plate may affect subterranean water flow.
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