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    DIY Junior Member bigsmile's Avatar
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    Default Any hope of getting well water in clay soil?

    I just dig a shallow well down to a little over 15'. I hit water at close to 15 feet. I think I can dig 10' more without problem. But what concerns me is that the soil seems to be mostly really fine clay. Actually, when I dug down to 15' or so, I didn't even know that I hit water. I took a long rest and when I came back, I found water.

    So, is it still realistic to expect, say, 1 gpm or even a quart per minute from this well (when it's dug down to about 25')?

    By the way, the hole I dug is 6 ID.
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    Does this help?
    http://groundwater.ucdavis.edu/Publi...FWQFS_8086.pdf

    Here's a test you can run

    Well diameter= 0.5 foot
    Water depth= 15 feet
    Well water volume [V]= 22 gallons
    Well input/output [IO]= 1 GPM

    user demand [D, D>IO]= 2 GPM
    output duration [OD] = V/(D-IO)
    OD= 22 minutes
    output gallons [G] = OD x D
    G= 44 gallons
    Last edited by Thatguy; 11-30-2010 at 02:43 PM.

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    Fill the hole with water from another source. If it won't take water, it won't make water.

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