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Using Wells as an Alternative Water Supply for Yard Maintenance

by Marcia Passos Duffy, All About Lawns Columnist

Water is becoming an increasingly expensive--and even scarce--commodity for yard maintenance. Many cities and towns are even restricting water use for washing cars, filling pools, and watering lawns.

Keeping your landscape watered often goes hand-in-hand with a having nice yard. So if you have an irrigation system, you may want to have an alternative other than letting your investment wilt, or watering illegally.

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If you have a lot of time, energy, and money invested in your landscape, consider having a private irrigation well drilled. When properly designed and installed, the use of an irrigation well to water the landscape can be a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally-conscious alternative to using our limited clean drinking supplies.

While the cost of installing an irrigation well can range from $4,000 to $10,000, it often pays for itself in a few years in water bill savings. American Groundwater Trust has a thorough explanation on how wells are drilled.

Ecological Benefits of Wells

There are big ecological benefits with irrigation wells. Well water is untreated, pure water from the ground. There is no chlorine or fluoride or expensive filtration system needed to pump water across town through approved pipes.

An irrigation well reduces the dependence on the public water supply. Still, even for an irrigation system that is used exclusively for yard maintenance, the water should be tested. If there is enough water, customers may want to use it within their household, as well.

Check with Your Municipality First

Remember, there could be restrictions within your municipality about irrigation wells. Every town is different, so check first. Some towns even determine where a well may go. If the town does not have a permit process for irrigation wells, follow the state guidelines. Also see the National Groundwater Association's Well Owners' Web site for more helpful tips on irrigation wells.



About the Author
Marcia Passos Duffy is a freelance writer and a member of the Garden Writers Association. She is a frequent contributor to Turf Magazine and Growing Magazine. Visit her site at www.backporchpublishing.com

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