I moved into a home that has TWO wells. They were drilled in the late 90's. I was told that one of them began to 'pump sand' and that for whatever reason, it was not fixable, so the driller moved over about 7', redrilled, and thats the one that is hooked up to the house. However, the old well, electrical box, pressure valve, and tank are all there, they just clipped the power. I was also told it might be suitable for irrigation. So, for fun, i hooked it back to power to see if it worked or whether i could get rid of the tank and free up some space. Without hesitation, water began to fill the tank (aside froma few drips at some connections). My question is, does 'pumping sand' pose so much of a problem that its CHEAPER OR BETTER to just drill a whole other well? It doesnt seem like it adds up to me. For one thing, these wells are in a well house, with a concrete foundation. So, both were present when the foundation was poured. It doesnt make sense that this well that pumped sand wouldnt have been cut off and capped, and the filled over with concrete, leaving only ONE well in the wellhouse. Im just wondering if its worth fixing my leaks and using the well for watering the yard or garden. I dont see how it can 'pump sand' and then sit idle for 10 years, and then immediately fire up and pump water.
Also, the well in question has a 1 1/4" pipe in case that mattered.
What do yall think?