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WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
WATER CONTAMINANT LEVELS
WATER FILTERS, HOME USE
WATER HAMMER NOISE DIAGNOSE & CURE
WATER ODORS, CAUSE CURE
WATER PUMP REPAIR GUIDE
WATER PRESSURE LOSS DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
WATER PUMP SHORT CYCLING
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WATER TANK REPAIR PROCEDURES
WATER TANK: USES, TROUBLESHOOTING
WATER TESTS, CONTAMINANTS, TREATMENT
WATER TREATMENT EQUIPMENT CHOICES
WELLS CISTERNS & SPRINGS
WELL CHLORINATION & DISINFECTION
WELL FLOW RATE
WELL WATER PRESSURE DIAGNOSIS
WELL YIELD IMPROVEMENT
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
This article describes Well Pits to Contain Water Equipment & Well Access. We provide advice about what to do when things go wrong.
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Also see Water Tank Types and before assuming that a water problem is due to the well itself, see WATER PUMP REPAIR GUIDE an specific case which offers an example of diagnosis of loss of water pressure, loss of water, and analyzes the actual repair cost.
What is a Well Pit & Why are Well Pits Used - sketch & explanation
Well Pits for drilled wells are excavations, usually outdoors, which were dug below to below the frost line (in freezing climates) to house the well top and sometimes the pump and water tank.
The photo above shows a messy well pit interior with a plastic bucket over a well casing and a glimpse of the water pressure tank. At page top we have a collapsing well pit with no cover whatsoever - a serious falling hazard.
The sketch shown above, courtesy of Carson Dunlop, demonstrates use of a well pit of capping and accessing drilled wells was used in order to provide ready access to the equipment while also assuring that the water line between the well and the building it serves was protected from frost. While the sketch places the water pump and pressure tank inside the building, in many instances the well pit may contain all of these items.
At left is a photo of an ugly well pit with a bucket covering the well head - what does that tell us?
Well pits are very common in many areas all over the world.
Watch out: Safety Warnings Regarding Well Pits
As we also discuss at DUG WELLS, by HAND, our photo at left illustrates a hand dug well that was converted to a drilled well with a steel casing. The old hand-dug well now serves as a well pit. Notice that there is no protection against surface runoff entering the top of the well casing - a sanitary or water potability concern. This rural well is being used for crop watering in San Miguel de Allende.
A rough sketch of a well pit and a compression-type well sealing cap can also be seen at Components of a Well with a Two Line Jet Pump? or select a topic from the More Reading links shown below.
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