well water discoloration

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by cjreed, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. cjreed

    cjreed New Member

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    Hi,

    I just built an ice skating rink for my kids, and filled the rink with water this afternoon. I ran the water for about 1 hour out of the garden hose. This evening my wife ran a bath for the kids and the water is discolored like a very diluted tea color. (and yes, it was that way before the kids got in. :)

    I figure, that from running the well filling up the rink, this did something to discolor the water? Did I run the well low, or damage the pump or liner? The pump is only two years old this Thanksgiving. We have about three inches of snow on the ground and it has been melting over the last few days, and we've had some rain this afternoon too. Don't know if this is the problem, but it seems that there is a connection between me running the well since I've never have discolored water until tonight.

    Anyway, and thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks, CJ
  2. Waterwelldude

    Waterwelldude Well driller,pump repair. and septic installer

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    From my experience, this is not a big deal. The amount of water you used for the rink, changed the normal coarse of the water flow.

    All you did was knock some minerals off the pipes when the water went back to its normal flow.
    It should clear up in a few minutes or an hour or so.

    I don't think you have anything to worry about.



    Travis
  3. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

  4. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Is that the right thread? It's the one on control boxes ?
  5. cjreed

    cjreed New Member

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    Thanks for your reply Travis. This morning we're still getting the discoloration. It's the same very diluted tea color. We've used the shower several times, flushed toilets as normal and it appears to be the same color. I'll give it a few days to clear, and then I'll start getting concerned.

    What are the signs of a low well? Would the water become discolored? The well is about 15 years old, the pump is two years old.
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    ummmm I have no idea now why I posted that link to that thread. I had to be thinking I was reading another thread. I'll be OK later.
  7. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    First coffee, then type ;)
  8. Stonecutter

    Stonecutter Natural Stone

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    CJ,

    I get that kind of discoloration often after using a lot of water. My well is deep, around 600' IIRC. It is drilled this deep in order to create a reservoir to compensate for a very low groundwater output.

    I had my pump replaced a couple years back, and watched the well guys. The amount of rust looking sediment on the upper 100 to 150 feet of pipe was pretty gross. The well guys acted like this was pretty typical in a steel casing deep well.

    Anyway, I attribute the colored water after high usage to this sediment on the walls of the well & drop line becoming dislodged as the water level goes up & down.
  9. cjreed

    cjreed New Member

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    Thanks guys. The water did clear, and just as you said aquaman, it cleared after I ran the well the following to fill the rink some more.
  10. nofears67

    nofears67 New Member

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    Possibly the large demand to fill the ice rink lowered the level of your well down such that water was cascading down the casing. This cascading of water could either stir up sediment at the bottom of the well or break off particles of rust, etc from the casing as it dropped down the well.

    Either scenario (or both) would contribute to your issue. Try running your well off to atmosphere at a normal rate (5-10 gpm) to see if this helps remove the suspended particles and colored water from your well.

    BTW, what are your normal pump well demands and what rate do you think you were running while filling the rink and for how long?

    Can you listen to see if water is cascading down your casing?
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