Low water pressure after running well dry

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by Joe_T, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Joe_T

    Joe_T New Member

    Apr 23, 2012
    Fingerlakes, NY
    Hello, I'm a new home owner and I really have no clue how to tackle this situation. The last time I had a plumbing issue I hired someone off of craigslist and they charged me a crazy amount so I'd like to try and tackle this myself.
    My well ran dry over about a week of my kids leaving the garden hose on. The valve wasn't completely open, but enough for a steady trickle until I caught it this weekend. Throughout the week I did notice rust colored water when I first turned the shower on in the morning, but it would clear up rather quickly so I didn't think much of it.

    Saturday morning we ran out of water. I turned the pump off (it's a 1/3 hp double drop jet pump) and waited overnight for the well to recover. Sunday we still had no water, I learned how to prime the pump and did so. It reached somewhere between 35 and 45 psi and shut off as it normally does. I had water for about 30 after that. The water was rusty so I tried to ran the tub to see if it would clear up. It did not, and we ran out again.

    I reprimed the pump but I can't get it over 25 psi.

    If my well still has not recovered, would that explain the low (20 psi) pressure?

    It's a shallow well, and it's been extremely dry in my area for almost 5 months.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you in advance!
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    Information Technology
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Chances are the jet in the eductor is plugged and you will need to pull it out of the well to clean it.
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