Behind the Scenes: Jamestown Water Well
At the season’s first project house, watering the lawn meant digging deep
The Jamestown Net-Zero House is located in an area with a municipal water supply for domestic use (kitchens, baths, drinking water), but the town restricts residents from using municipal water for lawn irrigation. So what could the homeowners do if they wanted to be able to water their lawn?
Answer: Dig a well. The age-old practice of extracting water from the ground still begins with drilling a hole, but there are some technology upgrades that optimize the process. After the water well hole was initially dug at the Jamestown house, the second stage of the process—called well development—took place, and utilized a camera scope that was fed down the pilot hole.
Above ground, Richard Trethewey and the well development team viewed a monitor to watch for areas where the hole needed to have a surge of jet water flushed through to enhance the water flow—a process similar to fracking. “It’s fascinating to see video technology helping to improve an old process,” says Richard.
For the owners, ultimately, it is all about the green, green grass of home.