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natural1 06-20-2015 02:16 PM

Not sure where to post this so I am posting it here.

I recently moved to a rural area and I have a well. My first experience as a homeowner with a well. I am about to complete construction of my swimming pool. Should I be concerned about filling it from my well?

I know this is kind of dumb question because who the hell knows how much water I have underground.
The well is 600' much deeper than the average well for the area. the pool is kind of large 40,000 gallons.

As far as I know well water is plentiful in the area but should I play it safe and get water delivered.


kixnbux 06-20-2015 02:26 PM

I'm on a well at my house. Wouldn't think twice. You're not going to drain an aquifer with any pool.

Creter 06-20-2015 02:41 PM

Suggest you test your well water to see if there is anything contained in it that would make getting your pool setup and the water stabilized a major difficulty.

If there is something - weigh the cost of chemicals vs having the water trucked in if it would be easier to get the water for the pool right.

Other than that - :thumbsup:

EthanB 06-20-2015 02:46 PM

I wouldn't run the hose full bore for 40k gallons. You could blow the pump. Maybe run it at about half and turn it off every few hours so it's not getting too hot.

Tinstaafl 06-20-2015 02:55 PM

You're not going to drain the aquifer, but without knowing the well's flow and recovery rates, you could be chancing running out of water for a few hours--several times. And as Ethan says, your pump isn't designed for that kind of punishment.

It'd probably take nearly a week to fill it that way.

SuperiorHIP 06-20-2015 05:48 PM

I'm on a well, I would never run it that hard. Not sure the duty cycle on it but that would be a place to start. I don't think water delivery is available here, whats that cost?

rrk 06-20-2015 06:08 PM

Where I live everybody has wells and no one fills their pool up with them. That pump would be screaming after 40k gallons. Water may be $1000 to fill it by truck

SuperiorHIP 06-20-2015 06:10 PM

I know my well pump is $600, well worth the $1000 to not abuse it IMO.

JAH 06-20-2015 06:30 PM

Our well could handle filling a pool over the coarse of a week or 2. But the water contains so much iron its not a option.

Moxley-Kidwell 06-20-2015 06:44 PM

I've got a 18x36 pool 3-8'. Would not suggest you fill it from the well, besides taking forever and a huge question for the pump what happens when you don't have house water? Just changed the liner and it took 4 loads of water at about $300 each, cheap knowing that I'll get able to go inside and still be able to shower and cook. The water from the trucks should be close to balanced as well, not sure about the well.

Top it off with the hose if needed, don't fill it.

GettingBy 06-20-2015 08:42 PM

40,000 gals, 4 days at 6.9 GPM, two days at 14.

I thought submersible pumps can run at 100% duty cycle for years. My bad.

"How Long Does a Water Pump Last?
It depends - on pump type, duty cycle, usage, water chemistry, even voltage levels."

"Green pool water usually indicates the presence of copper (more likely) or iron (less likely).
Brown pool water usually indicates the presence of iron or, occasionally, copper.
Purple or black pool water usually indicates the presence of manganese."

and don't forget the pH level.

klintala 06-20-2015 08:57 PM

Bring in water and top it off with your well. It's a pretty common scenario in the country.

jaydee 06-21-2015 09:50 AM

what about the electricity for a 48 hr running pump.

truck it in, ust think 3-4 load and your kids & wife will be happy.
imagine how unhappy your house will be with a dry well..or the chance of contamination by the huge in flow of water.

GettingBy 06-21-2015 10:00 AM


Originally Posted by jaydee (Post 3170273)
what about the electricity for a 48 hr running pump.

48 hp-hrs @ $.15 per kwh is $5.
I'd be worried about the chemicals in the water, either in the well or what you buy, the max levels of iron, copper & manganese that are generally acceptable.

natural1 06-21-2015 10:03 AM

Thanks for all the replies. The well water is heavy with iron so maybe not ideal to fill the pool.
Considering the consequences I will probably look into trucking in most of the water.

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