Basics on Static Water Level and Well Water Flow Rate

If you’re among the over 40 million Americans who use water wells as their primary water supply, one of your top priorities will be ensuring a regular flow of quality water. This includes performing regular maintenance and upkeep tasks, both on your own and with the help of qualified well water experts.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, we provide a wide range of water well drilling, installation and future maintenance services to all our clients. When we perform our professional inspection services on your water well and its various components to ensure it’s properly supplying you with clean, healthy water at adequate pressure levels, we’ll often carry out several tests on the quality of your water and the system. Two common metrics that our tests will look at are known as static water level and water flow rate – here’s a primer on what each of these means and what you should know about them.
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Static Water Level

Technically speaking, static water level is a term that describes that water level in your system’s aquifer when conditions are normal. This level fluctuates throughout a given year based on the season and weather conditions – it will be higher after a week of rain, for instance, and will be lower during long periods of drought in your area.

While these cases are rare, even in a dry climate like Utah, the water well can go dry if the static water level is allowed to reach below the well’s pump. So in essence, this metric is a measure of how healthy the well is and how much water it can supply. When water levels are low, some caution in overusing water is recommended. If you regularly find that your static water level is too low, contact our team to learn about potential solutions for the driest seasons.

Water Flow Rate

Another important metric is water flow rate, which speaks to how much water your well pump can push into your home, and at what speed it can do so. Static water level is actually a factor in flow rate, along with pump positioning, potential sand or clay buildups, or any other clogging or blockages that take place within the pipes.

How do you know what the proper flow level is for your home? This is a process that often involves input from our experts, as the answer varies by individual location and your specific needs. We’ll inspect your home and discuss your common water fixture and appliance usage, such as whether you have a washing machine or dishwasher and other factors. Through this and some expert calculations, we’ll inform you on your recommended flow rate and test to ensure it’s what you’re receiving.

For more on the important metrics that help qualify your well’s health, or to learn about any of our water well testing or treatment systems, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.