22 May Installing a Sand Point Well
Also referred to as well points or drive point wells, sand point wells are a simple type of well that can be a great option for those who live in an area with loose or sandy soil. While they do not typically provide as much water as a modern driven well, they can be a useful source for emergency water or for providing water for livestock or crops.
Installing a sand point well involves driving a perforated pipe through the earth in order to provide a channel for the water to be pumped to the surface. Therefore, the process first requires driving the pipe down to the water table, being sure to take into account the fluctuations the water table is likely to experience throughout the course of the year.
In most cases, the best location for a sand point well is at the highest point on your property. This will help to prevent contamination by wastewater runoff. The sand point itself, which should have a heavy steel point, should then be 24 to 60 inches long. It should also be screened in order to keep out the larger dirt particles. The sand point also needs to be strong enough to withstand being driven into the earth.
Once the sand point is in place, it needs to be attached to a rigid pipe. A cap should then be put on the exposed end of the pipe in order to protect the threads from becoming worn. The sand point and pipe should then be driven into the earth, being sure to leave at least 18 inches of pipe extended above ground level in order to install the pump. Most use either a pitcher pump or a suction pump. Of course, at Pump Service Idaho, we will do all of this work for you! You can be rest assured your sand point well will be installed properly to suit your needs.
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