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How to find your water level

Your static water level (often simply called "the water level") is the distance from ground level down to the water in your well. It's the "resting" level of water --- i.e. when you are not pumping and haven't pumped recently.

The static water level can come from:

1. From your well driller's report
If you have one from when the well was initially drilled.

2. From your driller's records
If you don't have the well report, your driller may have records.

3. Your driller measuring
You may need your driller to come and do a current measurement.

4. Measuring it yourself

To determine your static water level yourself, you'll need

  • A small steel weight, e.g. a nut
  • A fishing float
  • Fishing line or string.

Measuring yourself is the last choice because there's a possibility you could get the line caught down the well.

How to Measure

  • Attach the weight to the end of the line or string. Attach the bobber one inch above the weight.
  • Remove the well cap and lower the weighted end with bobber into the well casing.
  • When the bobber reaches the water level, the line will go limp. You'll feel a slack in the line.
  • At the point where you feel the slack, mark the line at the top edge of the casing (you can tie a small knot in the line, use tape or a marker)
  • Pull the line back up from the casing.
  • Measure the length of the line from the bobber to the marked line. This is your static water level.


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