Groundwater is the source of your well water in Connecticut, so when the amount of rainfall is decreased, so is the supply of water to your well. A drought can last for a few months or years, so it is crucial that you know how to handle one when it hits. Once the groundwater has been depleted, it can take several months of decent rain or snowfall to restore the water supply. However, there are some things you can do both before and during a drought to make sure your well doesn’t go dry:
Know the Water Level of Your Well
Before you do anything, you need to know how much water you have in your Connecticut well. When you know how much well water you are dealing with, you can properly manage your supply and consider expanding it before the drought hits. There are three ways to measure your well water level: using the air line method, the wetted tape method, or a depth gauge. All three are complicated in their own right—even more so if you have a deep well—but we can help you perform any of these methods to obtain an accurate well water level.
Implement Water Conservation Practices
No matter how much well water you have remaining, you always want to be extra cautious with your well water usage in a drought. Again, you don’t know how long the drought will last and you need play it safe. To do this, you can limit baths and showers, water the grass and garden less, try to make the most of every load of dishes or clothing, and check to make sure there are no leaking faucets or toilets. You can also invest in more water-efficient showerheads and low-flow toilets. Every drop saved can add up to be thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year.
Increase Your Well Water Capacity
By upgrading to a larger water storage tank, you can ensure your family has enough well water on hand during a drought. Additionally, since the majority of the wear and tear on your pump comes from when it has to stop and restart, when you add more water, you increase the life of your pump.
These are just a few of the ways that you can preserve your well water supply during a drought. For even more tips on water conservation and well improvements that can help your water last longer during a drought, contact us today. We have been helping Connecticut residents keep their water supply strong during droughts since 1963, and we would love to help you.