Monday, September 12, 2016
For the past 13 years we have had to be very careful with our water consumption during dry summers because we only have a 16' dug well and if it is a dry summer our well will go dry. We only had it go completely dry once, but we are very careful every summer and be sure to conserve and use rain water as much as possible.
This year has been about the driest summer since we've lived here and we finally had a well drilled about a month ago. If we hadn't we would be out of water now, even with careful use.
It is nice to have the drilled well. It goes down about 140 feet and we should be able to water gardens (and ourselves) much easier in dry years.
We will still be using all the rain water we possibly can, especially in the garden room. The plants really thrive being watered with rain water.
We still need to have the water tested, but we did get the HealthyWise TDS meter water test kit
The meter is easy to use, simple and to the point. No calibration, no fuss, just dip the end into your water and wait a minute or so for the reading to settle in and that's it. I used this to help determine what condition our new well is in, we are going to have it tested by a regular lab but this tester gave us an idea of what could be wrong, if anything, with our water. It shows that our new well is, well -- good, (I know that wasn't that funny, it sounded better in my thoughts, guess it should have stayed there).
I figured as soon as we had the well done we'd get a ton of rain, but that hasn't been the case. It is still very dry here. Hopefully it will be a rainy fall or we could be in for a rough year next year too!
Posted by A Maine Homestead at 8:08 PM