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Thread: Grey sludge from my well

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    Unhappy Grey sludge from my well

    Help!
    I have a private grouted well with a submersible pump. The casing is plastic and the drop pipe is plastic.
    About 3 weeks ago the pump wouldn't produce enough pressure to shut off and the water filters had been getting plugged with rust and rust particles.
    The local Well Driller came out and replaced the pump and motor. The pump was cracked and full of rust.
    He thought it should be deeper so he added additional pipe and then lowered it and hit bottom repeatedly. Then removed the extra pipe. He also installed a sanitary seal that hadn't been ther earlier.
    Now, I have lots of water and lots of pressure but I am getting a grey sludge in my whole house filter. It passes my 30 micron filter but plugs the 5-15 each day. It looks like clay or cement. I have ran 1000's of gallons unfiltered water and it doesn't seem to be getting better. If I fill a 5 gallon pail with unfiltered water I cannot see the bottom clearly until it sits overnight.

    Any suggestions or what to do or what happened would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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    What does the driller say about it? Maybe it has something to do with the pump being lower in the well.

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    It sounds like drilling mud (bentonite). If so the well wasn't developed sufficiently. If not, I have no idea what it is but either way a lab should be able to tell you what it is.
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    That would explain it.

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