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Post Posted: Jan 15, 2019 12:46 pm 
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Just curious if anyone else is having an issue.
Our well is not working.
We heard and felt a large explosion around New Years. At that same time we lost water
'in our well.
We thought at first the lines were frozen. We had the pump people come out and they said the
water level has dropped drastically. We were told to get a load of 500 gallons of water and pour into well to see if
that holds. No . We found out there is s stress crack in the bedrock. This kind of crack (11 feet down) was caused by the explosion.
We are now having to insert a cistern for water.
I was told by several well drilling people that the area is going dry. Richmond Hill Area.

Does anyone know who was blasting????


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Post Posted: Jan 15, 2019 1:56 pm 
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It's possible the "explosion" you heard was the bedrock cracking. After all, all the water that is delivered from the ground is in fissures that are already there.

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Post Posted: Jan 15, 2019 2:00 pm 
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Wow, Sealy, that is crazy. How deep is your well? Sorry you are going through this, I’m sure it will be costly.

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Well going dry in the Richmond area is very, very concerning. Is there some place I can verify this?


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I'm curious what the crack "11 feet down" means. 11 feet down from what? Wells have a depth where the pump is and a static water level where the water goes up to in the well. A long time ago I had my well measured and the pump was at like 250 below the surface and the static water line was like 50 feet below. This gave me a capacity of 200 feet of well bore volume. Do you mean the static water level is now 11 feet below the bottom of your well?


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My father was a geologist. He lived in these foothills for many decades. He would say now and always did then that one of the major issues here is that there are just too many people (and more and more all the time) drawing their water from nearby finite sources. The bedrock below us can only hold just so much water, especially in dry times. As long as we perceive that "growth" is a good thing, water shortages will only become more and more common.


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My well is 11.5 deep. It was hand dug in 1888 and signed by the person who did it. It is on the county historical site. The opening on the well is 5 feet in diameter.
I asked Several drill companies- (To name a few up here - Aspen, Well, James Drilling, Saylor etc up in Conifer. You could call any of them and they will tell you . too many people, not enough water run off etc.

No the loud noise was not from the rock fracturing. My neighbors even heard it and it did knock pictures off the walls. The homes around me have merky wells now.

We are trying to clear some bedrock from the well in hopes of installing a cistern soon.

Just sucks alot.

Our well is 11.5 feet from the grass yard down to my water. my pump is above ground and a long pipe goes into the well to the water.
Not every well is the same.


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Wow - I did not know it was even possible to have a well that shallow around here EVER to have any water! It seems like you would only have to drill a shallow well(say 50 or 100 feet) to get water since you must have a spring or good source near the surface now.


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Wow, 11+ feet, water was good back in the 1800s (and 1900s). :). Then population ballooned.

Our well is 400+ feet.

Good luck Sealy, sorry you are going through this.

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Hopefully this recent wet snow will help sealy and the family until a solution is achieved.


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we live next door in Green Valley ranch and have a similar cistern well (6 ft across and 12 feet down, our pump is submersible). the water table is just under the ground here and have yet to have any issues with it as you are talking about. I wish you could find out what exactly has happened. so odd

I asked my husband and he said our well is down about 6 feet right now. It has been very dry. I can't even remember when we had rain and this snow was the first real snow of this season. The lowest our well has been was 8 feet down.

Our well is located under our house with access in a closet area downstairs) and the house is located in it's own kind of aquifer. We live downhill and in a valley where it all runs down to us. We have spring that runs in May (usually) that fills up our small pond. Some years (in past) our yard is like a marsh during this time. We have a pair of Mallards that come each spring and they love it when the yard is like that. They are out there filtering the muck.

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Where I grew up the shallowest water table was artesian at about 1200'. It was loaded with sulfides and a well cost $5,000 1955 dollars. We hauled until I was about 18 and a rural water company was formed.

In this area recharge lakes might be useful if Denver hasn't preempted ownership.

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