Saturday, January 18, 2014

Save water.. Save the planet.. Pee in the shower!

Fine, I won't insist! But, toilet flushing accounts for 27% of indoor water use in a home, you know!

You may have heard that California announced statewide drought emergency. When this happens, our first instinct is to check our ground water wells and make sure they are ready to go if and when needed.

So, we went ahead and got the deep-wells tested on our ranches. Here's what the results look like:

In other words:
  1. Water stands at 33 ft below the ground. This is when the pump is not running.                                                
  2. When the pump is turned on, water level recedes to 41 ft below the ground. Water level falls because we are drawing 700-1100 gallons per minute.                                                                                               
  3. Once you turn off the pump again, water level recovers to 33.5 ft below the ground. I know this is a bit higher than original level of 33 ft, but given a little bit more time, I think it would settle at roughly 33 ft.                                                                                                                                                     
  4. Overall, the deep-well is in good condition and the  underground aquifer has good water at shallow depths. For now, at least.
For everyone's sake, I hope this is going to be a wet spring and all the reservoirs will be brimming with water by the start of summer.

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