Why Do You Lose Pressure while Running Water from a Well?


According to the Groundwater Foundation website, 17 million homes in the United States use water well systems, all of which face low water pressure issues. But causes of low water pressure in a well system can be easily managed with forethought.

Slow Fill Up

  • Not all wells are created equally. Some fill faster than others. If you well fills slowly once drained for water during showers or toilet flushes, water pressure will be low or non-existent. Unlike city water systems, water well offer limited water use until the well has time to fill again. Strategic planning for showers and keeping a bucket of water next to the toilet for unplanned flushes will help get you through low water pressure.

Power Outages

  • If you recently have had a power outage, the pressure from your well water system may be lower than usual. Electric pumps are used to carry water from the well to the house. A power outage will cause your electric well pump to stop working until it has a chance to reset, causing loss of water pressure.

Slow Pump

  • Just like any other piece of machinery, water well pumps break down over time. If you are experiencing a constant lack of water pressure, it may be time to invest in a new water pump for your well to restore regular water pressure to your system.

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