Signs That Your Bore Well May Be Running Dry

28 March 2016
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Bore wells are a dependable source of water in homes, especially if you live in a rural setting. For this reason, proper maintenance and functioning of your bore is key to ensuring that there is an adequate supply of water to your home. However, your bore well can run dry sometimes, perhaps because of picking up a mechanical problem or because of drought, which will affect the level of ground water. However, the level of ground water can fluctuate depending on both natural and human activities. Unless you are prepared to survive without enough water supply, it's important to know some of tell-tale signs that your bore well is running dry so that you find solutions such as water well deepening and hydrofracking.  Here are some signs to watch out for.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a signal that your bore well could be running dry. Therefore, if you notice that the pressure of water is slowly declining, especially on the upper floors of your house (if you have a multi-storey house), your bore well may be slowly drying up. In addition, if you notice that it takes longer than usual for the pressure to build up any time you turn on the faucet, a drying well might be the cause.

Air in Your Plumbing System

If the level of water in your bore well is dropping, the drill pipe will soon start sucking air, which will end up in your plumbing system. Therefore, pay attention to any sputtering or whistling sounds from your faucets when you turn them on.

Unusual Colour, Smell, and Taste of Your Water

If you depend on your bore well entirely for the supply of water in your home and notice that the water has lately been looking, smelling, or tasting funny or not like usual, your bore well could be drying up. This is because as the level of groundwater falls, the quality of water will start deteriorating gradually because of the high concentration of minerals and sediments at the bottom of the bore well.

Reduced Amount of Water from Your Pump

Less water from the pump is also another sign of a drying bore well. Therefore, watch out for a pump that struggles to counterbalance or replenish the amount of water being used in your home. If your well has a slow recovery rate, you are likely to have more problems with less amount of water when your bore well is drying up.