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Thread: Very muddy water out of well?

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    A shroud will keep sediment from filling in around the motor. A shroud will also make all the water go past the motor before entering the pump, which keeps the motor cool. The following video is of a 6" pump with a 7" plastic shroud. But the same thing works with 4", 100# pipe (thin wall) for smaller pumps.
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    My muddy and chunky clay well got a 4" pvc liner that we slotted. Raised the pump 20' [about 220' deep hole] seems to be working, especially by pumping at low volume to a tank.

    Since I dig big holes, I know what this goop is - I find veins of a white clay, that are perfectly wet in totally dry soil - just like modeling clay you buy. In my case the deep pumping would likely suck in a mile of this weird stuff.

    would it pay to fill the gap between the 4" pipe and the 6" borehole with pea gravel?

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    Gravel could cause more problems, especially if it gets under the liner. And pea gravel won’t filter out sediment. We use silica sand that is slightly bigger than beach sand. But you need .035 or .020, sometimes .010 slots to keep this small gravel from getting through the liner. It would just pour through a slot made with a skill saw. Makes a good filter out of the well when it is done right.

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