Three Tips for Living with a Low-Yield Well

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Usually, a well needs to produce four to 10 gallons of water per minute to meet a household's water needs. If you have a low-yield well, it won't be able to produce this much water, and you may not have enough water for showers, washing dishes, and other needs. Here are three tips for living with a low-yield well.

Spread out your water usage

Typically, a family of four will use 200 to 400 gallons of water per day, and, when you have a private well, all of that water needs to come from your well. Most of this water is used in a short period of time—the morning or evening—while family members are having showers and water-using appliances are in use.

If your well can't meet your water needs, try to spread out your family's water usage. Instead of showering one after another in the morning, spread the showers throughout the day, as your schedule allows. Instead of washing multiple loads of laundry in one day, spread them out throughout the week to give your well time to catch up.

Use a graywater recovery system

While clean water is required for activities like showering, washing dishes, or drinking, graywater is suitable for other household water needs. Graywater is wastewater that doesn't come from your toilets, and it includes the water that goes down your shower drain. This water isn't safe for drinking, but it can be reused for some purposes, like flushing your toilets or watering your garden.

A graywater recovery system collects and stores your home's graywater. This water is then piped into your toilet or your garden hose so that it can be reused, which helps to reduce the amount of water you need to draw from your well.

Use a storage tank

Low-yield wells may not produce enough water to meet your home's needs during high demand times, but they may slowly produce enough water over the course of a day. Even if your well only produces a measly one gallon of water per minute, that still adds up to 1,440 gallons a day. This water can be kept in a storage tank until you're ready to use it. A plumber can install a storage tank for you.

Having a low-yield well doesn't mean that you need to start skipping showers or wearing dirty clothes. Call a plumber to help you make the most of your low-yield well.

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