According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, droughts cost the United States an estimated $30 billion in damage in 2012. If you rely on a well for your home's main source of water, you know how devastating a drought can be. Luckily, there are several simple ways you can conserve water, while making sure your family survives until the water levels rise, and you're able to return to your normal life:
The weather has been unusually dry, and you're worried about the amount and quality of water coming from your well. It can be scary to face the idea of a dry well, so it's important to ask the right questions – and get the answers you need. Here are a few of the questions you might have about your well during a drought:
Is My Well Actually Running Dry? – If you've enjoyed well water for several years, chances are you already know the levels will fluctuate depending on a number of factors, including rainfall and water usage. If the water table falls too much during a drought, you can actually run out of water. If this becomes an ongoing issue during times of drought, having a professional drill a deeper well is an effective solution.
Will My Water Taste Funny? – The taste of your water is dependent on several factors as well. However, in most cases, if your well is running dry, the taste won't be impacted. However, if you begin to notice a funny taste, don't hesitate to contact a professional immediately. The problem could be your pipes, not the well, and calling plumbing services for a diagnosis can help.
How Long Will This Last? – If your property features a shallow well, it could take several weeks of sporadic rainfall before the water levels return to normal. Once again, have the well drilled deeper is the best option because there is far less chance you'll run out of water because the levels will remain more consistent, no matter what the weather.
Tips for Conserving Water
If you're suffering through a drought, you know what a precious commodity water becomes. Sometimes, conserving water is all that's required to keep your well from running dry. Here are a few simple lifestyle changes you can make that will drastically reduce your consumption:
Look for the "High Efficiency" Label – An amazing way to save money during a drought or otherwise, investing in appliances that use less water are a great way to conserve your ever dwindling supply. If you can't afford to purchase a new washer or dishwasher, installing a high efficiency shower head and aerators on every faucet can cut down on your water usage.
Drink From a Pitcher, Not the Tap – Think back to the last time you turned on the tap to get a drink of water. Did you wait a few seconds for the water to cool, and let the faucet run while you took a drink? Instead, fill pitchers with water and keep them in the fridge.
Wash Your Dishes With Care – Waiting until you have a full load will help you use less water. If you don't have a dishwasher, fill your sink with clean water and use it to rinse off the dishes instead of the faucet.
Finally, if you're cutting back but your well still continues to run out, having water delivered to your home is another option. Be aware that during droughts, this service will be in high demand, which could unfortunately raise prices beyond what you might be willing to pay.
If you rely on a well to supply your family with water, you know that Mother Nature won't always meet your needs. During a drought, it's vital to learn as much as you can about how your well supplies you with precious water, and what you can do to make the most of this amazing commodity.