Flow Rate and Static Water Level ExplainedIt has been reported that in the U.S., there are more than 40 million water well owners. The reason behind the popularity of private water wells is a homeowner’s desire to have control over water in terms of quality and usage. However, water well is dependent on groundwater. Without the adequate amount, the supply of well water gets interrupted and the inconvenience starts unfolding.

Groundwater is impacted by many factors like weather and droughts. When weather conditions are harsh, water wells make their conditions apparent. For instance, typically, in extreme heat, the water well can run dry. This is why water well owners must understand how to sustain a consistent supply of healthy water. The easiest way to do this is by getting the well inspected by a water well expert.

What are the factors water well professionals consider while inspecting a well?

To get a thorough understanding of how healthy the well water is, professionals consider two metrics. These are flow rates followed by static water levels.

What is the flow rate?

Flow may appear to be a simple term, but it is a key factor in determining whether a well can satisfy a family’s water needs. Flow refers to the amount of water being fetched from the well. The flow rate gives a measurement of gallons of water coming from the well every minute. Flow rate is tested when a well is drilled initially. It can be retested to determine if there are issues with the well.

Flow rate is a metric that reveals the quantity and speed at which water well pump. It is affected by external factors. Static water, explained in this article (later on), is one of the key factors.

The average American family with four members requires about 200 gallons per person per day. The flow rate comes up to about six to 12 gallons each minute. The requirement increases if a large family is involved or the water demand is too high.

Other factors that impact a water well’s flow rate include a pump positioned incorrectly, clogged drains, and blocked pipes. Clay, sand buildups and boulders that get stuck in the pipe or the sewage system can negatively impact your flow rate. Obstructions indicate slower or delayed water pressure.

What is the flow rate you need in your home?

This is where water well professionals can come to the rescue. A professional conducts a thorough examination of your home, appliances, and water fixtures. While tabulating your home’s optimum flow rate, a water well expert will consider fixtures and appliances actively used. The calculated flow rate reflects on average the number of appliances and fixtures you have in your home.

What is the static water level?

Static water level refers to the amount of water in a private well when the well is not being used. The static level can be determined accurately when the well has not been pumped for hours; if measured too soon, the result can be a false reading. Static water level differs from season to season and is based on weather events.

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