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Water Well Yield Testing: What You Need to Know

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Water well yield testing is a great way to help ease your worries about your groundwater supply.

The yield of a private well indicates how drought conditions will affect its output. In other words, yield data tells you whether your household will continue to have an adequate supply of water during peak usage and other demanding times.

For all the need-to-know details on water well yield testing – and advice on improving a low-yield well if you have one – the Z Team at Mike Zimmerman Well Service has put together a guideline with everything you need to know.

Water Well Yield Testing What You Need to Know

How is the Yield of a Water Well Determined?

Testing the yield of a private well involves determining the balance between the maximum amount of water it can pump out and the amount of groundwater available to recharge the supply.

To perform a yield test, a well contractor must run the pump continuously for an extended period of time. During that time, measurements need to be taken of both the pumping rate and the drawdown, or how the water level lowers during pumping.

When Should You Have Yield Testing Done?

To ensure dependable, continuous production during periods of sustained drought, yield testing is completed when a private well is drilled – you should be able to find the results in the professional driller report compiled at the time of your groundwater system installation.

Another time to consider a yield test is when you’re experiencing issues with water pressure. Testing can determine if the issue is caused by an insufficient groundwater supply or a problem in the plumbing connected to your private well.

Finally, scheduling water well yield testing is a smart move for anyone thinking about buying a home with a private groundwater system. After all, if a property has a low-yield well, restoring the household water supply could be rather costly.

Can You Improve Your Well Yield?

If your water well output doesn’t always meet your household needs, you may be able to remedy the problem.

Try balancing out the timing of your water use, spreading out showers, laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the course of the day. Installing water-saving plumbing fixtures and appliances can also help.

For low-yield water wells, adding a pressure tank or intermediate storage reservoir can be a viable solution. Or, in some cases, making the borehole wider or deeper works to provide a consistent groundwater supply.

Are you concerned about the production of your private well? For expert testing and advice anywhere in Utah or Wyoming, contact the professional Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC.

As a trusted Intermountain West industry leader for more than 30 years, Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC has the expertise to perform yield tests and provide effective, affordable solutions for inadequate output. For more information, or to schedule water well yield testing, contact our Salt Lake City office today.