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  • Your static water level (often simply called "the water level") is the distance from ground level down to the water in your well. It's the "resting" level of water --- i.e. when you are not pumping and haven't pumped recently.
    The static water level can come from:

    1. From your well driller's report
    If you have one from when the well was initially drilled.

    2. From your driller's records
    If you don't have the well report, your driller may have records.

    3. Your driller measuring
    You may need your driller to come and do a current measurement.

    4. Measuring it yourself

    To determine your static water level yourself, you'll need

    A small steel weight, e.g. a nut
    A fishing float
    Fishing line or string.

    Measuring yourself is the last choice because there's a possibility you could get the line caught down the well.

    How to Measure

    Attach the weight to the end of the line or string. Attach the bobber one inch above the weight. Remove the well cap and lower the weighted end with bobber into the well casing. When the bobber reaches the water level, the line will go limp. You'll feel a slack in the line.
    At the point where you feel the slack, mark the line at the top edge of the casing (you can tie a small knot in the line, use tape or a marker)
    Pull the line back up from the casing.
    Measure the length of the line from the bobber to the marked line. This is your static water level.
  • Your well depth is the distance from ground level to the solid rock at the very bottom of your well shaft.

    To determine your static water level yourself, you'll need

    A small fishing weight
    200 feet, or more, of a lightweight fishing line or kite string.

    If you previously measured the static water level, you can use the same line. Just remove the bobber from the line.
    How to Measure

    Lower until you feel slack.
    Mark the line at the top edge of the casing.
    Pull out and measure. This is your well depth - the distance to the bottom of the well shaft.
  • Providing a diameter measurement to us that is precise helps us to ensure an installation with no surprises.
    How to Measure

    Well cap sizes are based on the INSIDE casing diameter. We can easily determine the inside diameter, without removing the well cap.
    Measurement method

    This calculation works for the most common schedule 40 metal well casing. If you have PVC, the outside diameter will be sufficient information.

    Take a piece of string or soft (i.e. completely flexible) measuring tape. Wrap around your well casing and measure.

    VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you measuring your WELL CASING - the metal shaft of your well - NOT the well cap on the top.

    If string, put flat, with same degree of tension on it, and measure. This gives the circumference of your well casing.
    Divide your well casing circumference by 3.14. The result is the outside diameter.
    From this number, subtract 5/8". The result in your inside diameter - your well cap size.

    Your result should be close to one of the standard sizes - 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 inches.
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