Well Systems Performance Testing

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What if you couldn’t take a shower in your own home?  Or wash dishes when you wanted to?

Adequate water supply is a major contributor to satisfactory living conditions.

Repairs to wells and well service equipment can be expensive…know before you buy! Test the well’s performance for water supply adequacy

Inadequate water supply may cause significant inconveniences or interruptions to daily household activities, such as bathing, showering, washing laundry, washing dishes, cleaning, etc. Inadequate water supply can be caused by many factors.

Which well test should I have done?

Ultimately, that is your decision. The following are some reasons other clients have considered in making their test choice.

Instant Water Flow and Pressure Test

This test gives a snapshot of the well’s flow and water pressure. This test will not indicate the health of the well pump or ability of the well to recover from periods of heavy water use. This test will just give you an idea if the flow and pressure would be adequate for normal household activities. This test should not be relied on as an indicator of well performance. Client’s choosing this test generally have relatively recent date on the well from another source, are already familiar with the well, or perhaps the well is relatively new and they feel comfortable it is in good shape without doing much testing.

1 Hr Well Systems Performance Test

This test can yield a better indication of the well’s performance under heavy water use. A reading of the flow rate (gallons per minute) and the electrical consumption of the well pump are taken every 15 minutes. Evaluation of these readings themselves, and examining the trend in these numbers can point toward the well and pump’s condition. This test is for someone who is relatively comfortable the well is in good shape but wants a little reassurance. Again, this test should not be relied upon as a measurement of the well’s true performance and pump health.

3 Hr. Stabilized Well Flow Test

Well water supply adequacy is most accurately determined under stabilized flow conditions, where “stabilized flow” means the flow rate (gallons of water per minute) does not change significantly over an hour long period. It is generally accepted that a 3 hour flow test is considered the minimum testing period to achieve stabilized flow conditions, and that any test performed with less than a 3 hour test period should be considered as merely an indicator of the well’s water supply adequacy and should not be relied on as an accurate assessment of the well’s water supply adequacy.

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