Are you hooked up to city water and have an irrigation system? The you are not only paying the town to water your lawn, you are paying the town to collect your waste water (sewer bill)! Water is metered and waste water is billed based upon the amount of metered water you use.
The average cost of south Jersey public water to a household is .44988 per 100 gallons. A typical 6 zone residential irrigation system running 20gpm and 15 minutes per zone per day for a 6-month irrigation season is using 1800 gpd or 324000 gallons per irrigation season at an annual cost to the homeowner of $1441.00.
Atlantic Well Drilling will install an irrigation well on your property and you'll not ever have to pay the town to water your lawn again. Your return on investment will be under two years.
Water wells are a great source of water for irrigation purposes for single family residential and home owner association systems that are connected to municipal water. The cost savings are tremendous. In terms of well design; they do not differentiate much from domestic wells. When designing an irrigation water well system it's important to take into consideration the design of the actual irrigation system. If you are currently working with an irrigation contractor for the system, then it's important to find out what the flow requirements are for the system. Typically, they will be able to tell you the flow in terms of GPM (gallons per minute). If the system is already in place and you are able to provide the number of zones and the heads per zone we will calculate the rest for you. Typically, in terms of residential application 15-20 GPM is usually recommended. Larger scale properties may require a higher GPM.
Irrigation wells are able to run even if a high-water flow is not achieved, which is not the problem in south Jersey. The following explains how low yielding wells can be used for irrigation applications. In an irrigation well that has a low flow rate such as; two or three GPM, the depth of the well comes into play. A 6" well itself is a reservoir that typically stores water at 1.5 gallons per foot. In this example we have a well that is 550 feet deep, and has a production rate of 2.5 GPM. This type of system, depending on the area to be covered, is somewhat complex to set up. 2.5 GPM is not sufficient enough to create the water flow needed to drive a sprinkler zone, more water will be necessary, and you will have to rely on the reservoir in the well to support the system. An accurate flow test is a crucial element; and in deciding the time frame in which the system is able to operate. In such cases like this, you would not be able to water indefinitely. If the system is set up for 6 GPM, we are relying on being able to use 400u2032 of the reservoir or in other words 600 gallons of water, plus the added 250 gallons produced in the first 100 minutes. This leaves us with roughly 850 gallons of water for an estimated run time of 141 minutes. The longer the well pump is run, the longer the recovery time will be. If four hours is needed to water your lawn properly, we will need your system requirements before drilling to make the system function properly.
The pumping system is designed based off of the final depth and flow (taking into account the desired pressure (psi) and flow needed for the system). Most irrigation contactors today require/ recommend using a Variable frequency drive constant pressure system as it evens the pressure out making your irrigation system work at optimal performance. If you would like to learn further information regarding irrigation wells or our commercial irrigation well applications and options email us at CONTACT US.