[Homestead] Farm Update
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Fri Oct 2 15:11:09 EDT 2009
Sage Austin | Eureka! Design wrote:
> For the past two months our pioneer hand dug well has been dry. Our
> river shriveled to 2 feet wide and 4 inches deep. A neighbor drilled a
> deep, $15K sulfurous well and has passed a hose through the fence. Our
> 10 year old apple trees died. My husband built an outdoor shower and we
> are beginning to smell like rotten eggs. I carry 5 gal buckets to the
> animals and house to flush, wash dishes, and clothes by hand. We buy
> drinking water at the store. This is exhausting, expensive and not in
> our budget. We have assembled the supplies to build a solar water
> distiller. Water has almost become a full time job. Recently we've had
> 10 inches of rain, but the well is still dry because it has not fallen
> in our recharge zone.
Sage, the sulfurous smell is from sulfur producing bacteria in the well.
It could be in the lines, but since it is a new well, it is probably
in the well. They can treat the well with bleach and that will help.
Additionally, you could build a platform and put a 300 gallon tank on
it. You could use their water to fill the tank a little at a time, then
treat the tank yourself. The tank could gravity feed for your shower.
Just an idea.
Sleep well tonight, for somewhere in the ocean's depths, MY son is
protecting your freedom on the USS Key West, currently deployed
somewhere in the Pacific and/or Indian Ocean. Go Navy!
EarthNSky Farm, NW Georgia, USA
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