What to Do When a Water Well Goes Dry?


Wells supply you with an autonomous water system for your home and provides you with water through a pump that accumulates a high amount of pressurized water and carries it onto your plumbing system. Your well runs dry for a number of reasons, some of which you may solve with a professional and some which might give you the unpleasant misfortune of having to purchase a contractor’s services for drilling a new well.


Check for symptoms of a depleted water supply in your home. If your faucets or spigots do not give you any water, check that your pump works correctly. If your pump works correctly and you do not get any water, you obviously have a depleted supply from the well’s side. Other symptoms you may not know of include murky or muddy tap water or sputtering faucets (air in the water supply), according to the Water Systems Council.

Ways of Storing Water

Have an above-ground storage tank installed for storing supplementary water, which you may filter and use as a temporary reservoir while your well doesn’t supply you with water. Aside from installing above-ground storage, you may install a cistern in your home, which collects rainwater to provide you with a third type of reliable reservoir. Cisterns collect rainwater using a house’s runoff collection drains attached right next to the roof. You may also get a more modern cistern that contains a floating filter to generate consumable water.

Solve the Problem

Call a professional and discuss solutions that might work for you. A larger-capacity pump might solve your problems. Perhaps you might need to simply deepen the well a bit farther. Well contractors have solutions at hand that can get you back into operation quickly. Be prepared for the worst, since you might not end up as lucky as others. Your well might not have the capability of being modified to remedy the situation, leaving you with an expensive solution on your hands: replacing the well entirely. You might have to spend thousands of dollars on contractors to drill a hole in the ground.


Never put groundwater into your well to supplement the supply. This almost always releases some sort of contaminant into your water system. You must always make sure that the water you supplement your well with is potable and that your well doesn’t have structural issues that might prevent you from solving the problem with supplemented water, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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