Digging/Pouding Well Point for shallow well
I am digging/building a shallow well to water my lawn and garden on a small city lot. I was lead to believe that the water table is very high in the area that I am in.
First, I tried pounding the well point (sand point?) into the ground. It is a 2" diameter point. I got down a few feet, and realized I was making little progess. I then bought a 2" auger and had it modified so I could add extension handles to it. I will then pound the well point in this hole, it should be a lot eaiser. I have now augered a hole 2" down 18'. I was hoping to find sand, but I am still pulling up clay. The samples I have pulled up have just a few particles of sand, but basically clay.
There is A LOT of water in the hole I have dug. The water is sitting about 6' down below ground. It has not rained for a long time. HAVE I HIT WATER? Is it time to start pounding in the well point? I have a hand pitcher that I will hook up to test.
I thought I would hit sand and not be able to dig more, but I am just not hitting sand. Just clay and lots of water.
So, what do you think? Time to start pounding in the well point? Is this well hopeless? If I can't hit sand at 18', then maybe the aquafer is too deep for a shallow well?
My father did one of these shallow wells in a town south of where I am, and it has worked for over 20 years...