Wells and Watering

Asked July 1, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

We moved to the city of Gaston last winter. We were told by some neighbors that the "rule" of having a well is to not water your lawns more then a couple hours a day (basically not let the water run too long) as this will affect wells around you. Is this true? Our neighbors above us have been running their sprinklers for the last 5 days for 24 hours a day and we are having weird water issues. It has started to get cloudy and gritty and our water pressure keeps fluctuating badly. Please let us know what the rules are and if the water usage from our neighbor is affecting us, what we can do about it.

Yamhill County Oregon

1 Response

watering from a well can impact your neighbor and vica versa. Your neighbor running his sprinklers may or may not be impacting your well. Sudden changes in pressure are more likely due to your system such as size of air buffer in your holding tank, assuming you do not have a variable speed drive. A large draw from a local well may cause your well to temproarily go dry (suck air). It can also impact water quality depending on the aquifer that the water is being drwn from. This does not mean, however, that your neighbor is causing your well problems. Are other neighbors having similar problems? Are you all drawing out of the same aquifer. A local well driller might be able to help. I also believe all well logs are on hte internet these days and you can look up that record, especially if it is a recent well.

Your neighbor may or may not be breaking any rules, the water resource department with the state will be able to help you with this. They will also be the enforcement agency if there is a violation. Contact hem if you think there is a violation.