Wednesday, July 20, 2011

got power. got water.

Yep, that's right - there's power and water on the site now!  I saw AEP on my way to work this morning and they were heading toward the mountain.  Talk about efficient - in one day they installed the poles and in one more they ran the lines.

"There's water in them thar hills!"  The well crew was hard at work this week.  Monday, the crew setup up the rig and began drilling.

[Setting up the well rig for drilling.]

[By Tuesday, 350' and no water.] 

By the end of the day, the well rig had reached 600' before running into some problems with the drill bit.  Good news though, they found water and they're estimating flow rates of 1 gal/min.  From what the crew and Rob had to say, we won't be installing an irrigation system but we'll have plenty of water for normal household consumption.

From what I can tell, the average household uses 60-100 gallons per day.  Provided the well is drilled to a reasonable level below the water table we'll be able to supply ample water to our house on a daily basis.  All and all, I feel a lot better about 1 gal/min. after reading stories of .25 gal/min or less at some households.

Bottom line, there's water and we'll have a pressure tank that we provide sufficient water flow to our faucets so let the building resume!  If anything, its definitely raised some awareness.  I think Steph and I will revisit our shower heads to ensure we've selected low flow options - showers will be our biggest water waste without a doubt.

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