Niece called to ask about our well today. She said her in laws 120' well went dry. There is a couple hog confinements nearby and several farms that irrigate. Also wonder how the ethanol plant that's a bit farther down the road figures into it. They only had to be drilled 20 more ft.down But it's still a concern to all.
Our well needed to be pulled last year. The water level had risen close to 30 feet, compared to when the well was dug in the early 70s.
No idea what it will look like, after this year, though.
That depth isn't very deep for some locations...I think one of the ones on Mike's Va place is about 400 feet into rock. Most of the ones we dug on the same place were no more than fifty. Here, fifty is the max, and thirty will get you enough water for most residential and ag purposes.
Most houses here in our county use public water, mostly from artesian wells or reservoirs behind hydropower dams. The Southeast is a water rich region...but. back home with similar hyrdology, there is volnutary restriction on use right now...it's been really dry in central VA this summer. They got a good rain, from the appearance of the radar, this evening.
The cone of depression of groundwater can really be enlarged by heavy uses in a small area...paper mills and phosphate mines come to mind here. Most of the big livestock operations in this county went to public water, due to saltwater intrusion into the aquifer. Happens this close to the coast.
Water is predicted to be the battleground of the 21st century. Hope their efforst solve the problem for them.
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
I have no doubt that water will be a main topic of concern in the future and maybe not that far off.
Wells here are going dry with water being used for the new highway and lots of new irrigation systems. We are conserving as best we can at this time. Having enough water is high priority for livestock farms, especially those needing a few thousands per day.
If anyone doubts the disconnect with farmers and ranchers, here are two examples. A friend who has a melon stand at their home was asked why the field corn looks so different this year, referring to the drought damage. The man said he lived in the nearby small town in the agricultural county.
I was getting my allergy shot and we were talking about the weather. The nurse commented that the farmers are harvesting early this year. She was referring to the fields were the corn has been destroyed due to no ears or no kernels on the corn.
So many people today just live in their own small worlds.
Too many of ag leaders in the past have thought that it is best not to tell our city cousins the dirty details. So no education is better than chancing "offending" them. Little did we realize at that time if we didn't educate them, someone else would, such as Sierra Club or HSUS or Waterkeepers. Now we have to spend more money educating than if we had started so many years ago.
Also the economics of agriculture has fractured the population. A century ago, 80% lived on farms. Now it's less than two percent. The disconnect was divided even further when fast food and autos became the norm. Didn't have work as hard or as unpredictable of a life if moved to the cities and suburbs.
Getting our well pulled today. Getting alot of rust coming out of pipes. Filled water tanks for cattle last night. Filled water tub for dogs this morning...Got laundry done up and dishes done up. Hope all goes well. SCARY!
Yes it is a scary situation, especially for livestock owners. The new interstate here is taking lots of water and announced that it should be done by December IF they can get enough water for the concrete. They have already used so much that it took water away from some farms. They are pulling water from some ponds and small lakes to put on the roads to keep the dust down and in the building process but I cannot imagine how much the concrete will take from the rest of us.
Just a question: Is it possible you have got iron bacteria in your well?
It happens in some areas, and the discoloration can look a lot like rust on sinks and such. You can get a chlorinator from your well company, which drops small chlorien tabs down the well every so often, to arrest bacterial growth. Maybe worth asking about....
Glad your problems were minor.