Well Problem in Oklahoma.

Posted: 15th April 2013 by admin in John and Carrie
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Well Problem.

Need some help, advice, comments regarding the hand dug well on our property.  Our hand dug well is about 75 feet deep and is fed by an underground river.  Here in Oklahoma we have experienced extreme drought conditions for the past 4 years.  The first 2 years the well worked great being able to water 2 acres of crops as well as plenty of water for the house.  All the lakes and rivers in our area are back to normal levels thanks to the wonderful rain we have had this winter and spring.

We are now in a situation where the well isn’t even providing enough water for the house or the ¼ acre garden we have planted this year.  We have talked to several people in the area, even the man who helped dig this well back in the 40’s.  His suggestion was to lower someone down the well and dig out any sediment that might be on the bottom preventing the well from filling to normal capacity.  Have searched the net for suggestions, and no we are not going to send anyone down the well.

If anyone has had a similar experience or any suggestions we would love for you to respond.


John Milandred

  1. bill1564 says:

    Hi John,

    As your old timer friend suggested I would consider lowering someone down the hole, with a good flashlight. Very possible you have some sediment that may have hardened up over time, when the drought came its possible that it may have cemented itself closing any exposed possibility of water seepage back into your well. Get down in that hole and take a good look around you may even have to dig deeper now so make sure you have a couple of strong men ready to pull you up quickly should the well begin to filll back up.