Consequences of using my well water to fill a swimming pool?

The warm season is here and it’s time to fill up your pool. You’ve left the water on for hours and now the pool is full, but the water inside your home is starting to turn brown.

Several factors go into whether or not your well has the capacity of handing filling a swimming pool.

SIZE OF THE POOL
It’s estimated at 540 gallons per hour, it will take about nine hours to fill a 5,000-gallon pool with a 1/2-inch hose. Most larger, in-ground pools are around 18,000-20,000 gallons. You can see where you might get into trouble filling it up with your existing well.

WELL DELIVERY VOLUME
How much water is your well known to produce per hour? A well that already has a low water flow is much more likely to go dry than one that has a higher output.

CURRENT WATER TABLE SUPPLY
If your area is currently in a drought or noticing reduced water that us replenishing the watershed, you are more likely to have problems with low water levels when trying to fill your pool.

SUPPLY vs DEMAND
How much is your household taxing your well thought daily use? Your well may be fine on a typical day, but adding that extra demand of filling the pool may be just enough to cause it to go brown.

ARE YOU SHARING THE WATER TABLE?
If you have neighbors, you likely aren’t the only one using the water underground. You’re likely sharing the same available water with your neighbor. They might also be impacted even if you still have plenty of water on your end.

WHAT TO DO IF THE WATER GOES BROWN

If you decide to fill your pool using your well, keep checking the color of the water. If you suddenly notice the water coming out of your hose, or inside your home goes brown, immediately stop filling. You may notice your well will recover and the water will quickly clear up.

However, if you continue to notice brown or discolored water, you may have a more serious problem and need a professional opinion.

Call the well water experts at Bedford Well Drilling and have them come take a look.