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Camp Well... Runs rusty?

When I start the pump it runs clear until the water in the 240' plastic pipe runs out and the fresh water comes up to the surface. If you let the well run for a bit, it clears itself out to beautifully clear water. The less time between camp trips the faster the water clears. Is it the casing or something else? It really seems like something like oxyclean could take off.
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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

Is it a new well?

When I first had our well drilled, when first turned on it ran "dirty" for a period. Eventually (after about a year of use), it started to run clear from the start. I think it took some time for the fines to clear out of the aquifer.
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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

I would guess that it is iron in the water.

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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

It's was drilled around 2004, but was hardly ever used until I purchased the camp. I would honestly say they used it once a year if that.
I too think its iron. Can you dump something down the well to help it?
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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

Better off putting a filter on it than dumping any chemicals. You can watch the iron fill the filter if your really board at camp!

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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

If it is iron in the water would it not run orange all the time?
I would try the following. Lift the pump up 5 or so feet. Run until clear. Run a few more times to see if this helps.
My thought is your pump is near the sediment and you suck it up when first starting pump.

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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

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If it is iron in the water would it not run orange all the time?
I would try the following. Lift the pump up 5 or so feet. Run until clear. Run a few more times to see if this helps.
My thought is your pump is near the sediment and you suck it up when first starting pump.
Agree, run it, then run it some more, then run it some more. If you are able to get it to run clear after some time, it will eventually clear.

This may help, especially the over pumping recommendation since the well has probably never been developed properly. The "Scope and Application" section is the part that helps. The rest is for regulatory sampling.

http://www.epa.gov/region6/qa/qadevtools...44-well-dev.pdf

Editorial comment: Notice that this advice was put out when EPA was actually somewhat helpful instead of a political arm.

Here is another description, maybe better.

http://www.lifewater.ca/drill_manual/Section_10.htm
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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

Iron is picked up in the water as it filters through the ground into the water table. You can put a oxidizing system in to remedy the problem, but they can be costly. I have a Culligan water conditioning system up at our camp and our water is clear, although there is some iron when we first start it up. I usually run the outside spigot for about 10-15 mins before I open the water into camp to get all the visible iron off. If your content is really high it will stain toilets, shower, sink, etc.. and can build up in pipes, or cause clogs in dishwashers, showerheads, etc.
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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

I work at a water plant and clean water for a living. There can be high amounts of iron in the water and it doesn't have to be orange. Same with other metals like zinc and such. I would run and run and run it some more to get some of the fines out. Then dump a little bit of bleach in your well. If you dont run it a lot you can have bacteria in it. Specially if you have high amounts of metals in the water.

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Re: Camp Well... Runs rusty?

we dump a gallon of clorox in ours when we leave camp
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