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Cloudy well water

About 3 weeks ago, our well water began being cloudy. Our small farmstead is in an area that has notoriously slow percolation. Most of the people here use cisterns and buy water in town. Before we bought this place, they buried 3 shallow water wells, removed the cistern and dug a bored well 80 ft. deep. We have run the well dry before, but after giving it a week to recuperate, we resumed using the well and the water was clear and has always remained so. A few weeks ago, they deepened the ditches in the field next to our property to re-route the field run-off. Could that have cause a disturbance in our well that stirred up clay? It has been an exceptionally dry year and we are wondering if we have started pumping clay because the well is so low. We are also wondering if the casing cracked and clay is seeping in. Is there any way for us to tell what is happening to the well without calling a professional? If we open the well and run a string down to see how high the water level is, do we have to shock the well? Thanks for your help.

Re: Cloudy well water

You make no mention of distance between the work and well. Some soils will not filter as well, anything is possible. As to the casing cracking, that is a definite possibility in clay soil with drought as it contracts. I would suggest using this otherwise distasteful water around the foundation of the house to prevent further cracking until you can get it repaired or it clears up.

Re: Cloudy well water

Any noticeable difference in the well water's quality means it must be tested before being consumed. If your well is 80' deep it's unlikely to be your neighbors fault but not impossible either.

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