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Old 06-17-2017, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by gfretwell View Post
If you are really near the coast, salt water intrusion in your shallow well may be a problem. My deep well runs 450-500 PPM salt and it is 200' down.The shallow wells can be so salty it kills your grass.
If you don't hit rock you can usually jet a well down 20' or less and hit water tho.
Yep, I'm on a canal and the potential saltwater intrusion issues are something I'm concerned about.


Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
Incidentally, I just spoke with the water company about installing a dedicated irrigation meter. They'll send someone out next week to discuss installation and didn't have much in the way of specifics. But she did say in addition to the meter installation fee, there is a separate monthly base charge, regardless of whether any water is consumed for irrigation. Don't know any numbers yet.
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Contact your utility provider and get a 2nd meter that doesn't have sewage charges tied to it.
Thanks for the info and advice. I've also received a couple of PM's from those-in-the-know.

It looks like a separate irrigation meter makes the most sense. I'm looking into this option.

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Old 06-17-2017, 10:58 AM
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When I dug my pool I got a good look at the ground water. The level was pretty much exactly the same as the canal but the salinity was significantly lower. At that time I did not have the tools to measure much below 1 PPT.
In my area (Estero) I assume the ground water is pretty much septic tank effluent. It is clear the net flow is toward the sea tho, simply based on the salinity.
The ground water at my condo in Treasure Island was not septic since that area was developed with sewers on day one but it killed the grass.
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:44 PM
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I don't know what the rules are today. A number of years ago I bought a pipe with places to attach a hose and I dug my own well. I sunk 4 points and didn't have to go very far to find enough water to irrigate my yard in Central Florida. It was kind of a fun adventure. Of course finding water less than 10 feet into the ground helped.
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Lobstercatcher229 View Post
I don't know what the rules are today. A number of years ago I bought a pipe with places to attach a hose and I dug my own well. I sunk 3 points and didn't have to go very far to find enough water to irrigate my yard in Central Florida. It was kind of a fun adventure. Of course finding water less than 10 feet into the ground helped.

Looks like this guy did something very similar.

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Old 06-17-2017, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
Yes, that is how I drilled my well.
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:25 PM
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It sounds like It'd be cheaper to catch and store rain water.
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by reellucky954 View Post
It sounds like It'd be cheaper to catch and store rain water.
I gave that some thought but there are some logistical snafu's. For one, I don't really have the space to place several large basins. And several large basins are needed to make such an endeavor useful and worthwhile.

If the basins are being filled by rain, then irrigation isn't really needed at that time - because it's been raining. But if the basins aren't large enough to weather the dry spell, then it's moot. There will be no rain to refill your basins that are empty because you've been using them to water your lawn because it hasn't been raining.

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Old 06-17-2017, 03:39 PM
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Check out drillyourownwell.com.

I was able to flush one in to 23' and used pee gravel to get 25 gpm but the orange color water made it unusable. I did hire someone to get one to 60' and I get 60 gpm with cleaner water. It does contain higher levels of iron that does stain some of my stuff but nothing that goo be gone rust remover can't handle.
I used a 1 1/2 hp shallow well pump. Water table is at 13'.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post

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Check out drillyourownwell.com.
Yep, lots of good info there.

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Old 06-17-2017, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by reellucky954 View Post
It sounds like It'd be cheaper to catch and store rain water.
The problem is, when you need to water most, it just does not rain and that may be for months. Unfortunately that is also when the salinity of ground water spikes.
I just do not try to grow anything that needs to be irrigated. (certainly not Floritam or any of those kinds of water hog)
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:37 AM
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I've seriously considered getting fake grass installed in some areas of my lawn - it looks VERY real, and given the size of Tipsy's lot, I think it would work out quite well and eventually pay for itself.
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by grey2112 View Post
I've seriously considered getting fake grass installed in some areas of my lawn - it looks VERY real, and given the size of Tipsy's lot, I think it would work out quite well and eventually pay for itself.
Probably not allowed by the HOA, though I'm just guessing. Something to look in to.

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Old 06-18-2017, 07:27 AM
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In my last home on was located on saltwater. My 290' deep well gave me good water with no salt at a price of about $3000 in 2007. It was worth it for irrigation, but I also used it for my dock and flushing motors
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:28 AM
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Fortunately this house and the previous one are on reclaimed water so irrigation is almost free. Everyone I know with shallow wells has an issue with iron.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:34 AM
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I have heard that in some states like Texas, the government will put a meter on all private wells and charge you for usage?
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The fact is the state usually owns all the water, including rain water and some places will regulate all use. '
As Mark Twain said "Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over"
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Shipwreck1 View Post
I have heard that in some states like Texas, the government will put a meter on all private wells and charge you for usage?
Not Florida. Yet.
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
That seems high, do you have a leak?
The stupid price of water in the area recently made the local news.

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Old 07-02-2017, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
That's 10 times what I pay for really good community water,
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Old 07-02-2017, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
That's 10 times what I pay for really good community water,
Hence the reason my lawn looks like ass for eight months of the year. I'm not paying to water my lawn at those rates.

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