A word of caution for people that have public water and a well.

wertach zone 7-B SCAugust 30, 2013

I have both public and well water. I can open and close valves to use either one.

I use the well water for the taste and because it's cheaper. The public is only for power outages.

My power was off the other morning so I opened the public water valve and didn't bother with the valve at the well since I would have to remove the cover. I needed to take a shower and go to work. I just flipped off the breaker on the well.

When I got home, I went out to close the public water valve and I heard a hissing noise coming from the well.

The public water is much higher pressure and it blew out the seal on my pump! I have a new seal on the way......

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Yup,and when your water bill comes you may realize a few thousand gallons of public water went into the well.
You are suppose to have backflow prevention for the oppisite serinerio,maybe you should have one for both ways.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 2:22PM
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Agree with Klem, while you're working on the pump would be a good time to add a check valve.


    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 8:21AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Yes, I'm going to add a check valve to prevent that from happening again. I have a check valve in the public water line, I just never got around to adding one on the well.

I checked my water meter Klem, It appears that my foot valve is in good condition, I only used/lost 200 gallons, I've got 800 more gallons before I have to pay any extra!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 1:34PM
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