Chances of Tapping Artesian Well?
I have a 2 bedroom vacation home in a mountain community in Western North Carolina. My well is about 4 years old, and yields approximately 3-4GPM. The water is extremely acidic and the iron content is off the charts- the highest the lab instruments could read was 20PPM, and ours is higher than that. The water comes out perfectly clear, but it tastes like you’re sucking on a piece of iron. We have an acid filter and an iron filter and have to replace the media every 4 trips. If we lived there full time, I imagine we would be replacing the media once a month or so (which would be quite expensive). Our flow rate isn’t enough to properly backwash the media, but we always have enough water for our uses. If someone is in the shower and you turn the kitchen faucet on, though, there is a noticeable drop in the amount of water coming out of the tap. The well tag says the yield should be 20GPM but, for some reason, it must have dropped significantly since the well was drilled.
Well is 245 feet.
Casing depth is 92 feet.
Pump depth is 230 feet.
Pump is a 3/4HP Berkley (10GPM).
Flow rate used to be 20GPM, but is now 3-4GPM.
Here’s my question. . .
The neighbor’s artesian well (which has a flow rate of 200GPM- that’s two HUNDRED) is located approximately 150 feet from our well at approximately the same elevation. I believe his well depth is about 20-30 feet lower than ours, so what are the chances that we would hit the same aquifer by drilling deeper? Is the artesian aquifer like hitting something the size of a swimming pool, or would it be significantly smaller/larger than that?
I know there’s no guarantee to what lies under the earth’s surface, but I’m just weighing my possibilities. Our driller has told me that they could go deeper with no guarantee and the possibility of ruining the well we currently have.
After reading a bunch of the other posts here, though, I should probably just keep filtering and be happy with what I have. It’s just frustrating to be so close to the “goldmine” of water wells with such poor performance and quality from my own. . .