Progress is being made in our transition from a shallow dug well and a new 670 foot [204 m] deep artesian well
The well we have been using [that's it on the right
] has, for probably over a century, served the household adequately. The walls are blocks of Portland sandstone
and it's only 12 foot [3.65 m] in depth
; we know it has gone dry in the past, but we can track only a half dozen times since the 1960s. Until last autumn, when it
was dry for four months, it had been dry no longer than a few days. Four of those six dry times have been in the last ten years. We figure a drilled well was due.
Basically we had no competition for the water in our near-surface aquifer. All our immediate neighbors have had drilled wells for years. But we've also known that we live very close to the bedrock surface. Even one corner of the house, on the cellar level, has a "floor" of ledge. It is that ledge the drillers augured down through to eventually find about four separate veins bearing potable water that can supply us with about 4 gallons per minute.
So now the ground water
we rely upon is much deeper underground and not just the surface water table.
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