Wahhhhhhh-ter….We Found It!

A little update on the vineyard property in Oregon. 

We found water!  This is big news.  Very important.  One of the last missing pieces to this crazy puzzle I’m trying to put together.

We need water to build a house.  Apparently no one will give you a mortgage loan without water.  Imagine that?

We need water to irrigate a vineyard.  And even though that is a whole separate permit process, we know the water is there.

What a huge relief.  We can now move forward.

See, right there, between those trees, that’s where the geyser was found.  The voodoo rods were right.  After everything was bulldozed in that area, the rods pulled even stronger, indicating water was right under us.  Again, insert twilight zone music here.

Oh here’s a better view of the area.  Somewhere around that mud, is now a well with a cap awaiting my water usage demands.

Let’s see, my two hour hot showers, the invigorating baths, the loads and loads of laundry I have since everyone around my house seems to wear their clothing for about 4.2 seconds and then deposits them in the laundry basket.

With only a slight poke in the ground of 120 feet (we were prepared to dig 300-400 feet) we were able to tap into the water table at a flow rate of 30 gallons per minute.

Yahoo!  That is a good, good rate of water streaming into my home that is yet to be built.  Or my vineyard that has yet to be planted.

The best part is the water was pretty clean; about 120 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in parts per million (PPM). 

I couldn’t be more ecstatic.  Really, you have no idea how anything measured in parts per million excites me.

Of course, I had to tell the hooligans about the success of the well and that it was finally finished.

Their response?  “Yay, can we throw pennies in it?”

“No.”  I said. (confused)

“Why not? It’s a wishing well isn’t it?  I thought you were digging a wishing well.  I can’t believe you didn’t make it a wishing well so that we could make all our wishes and dreams come true.”

Oh, brother.

So does anyone else out there have a well?  Or are you stuck in the city like me?

I would love to know your water flow rate and how it affects your life.

Good day all. 

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  1. Kathy from NJ 1

    We had a well when I was growing up and the water was wonderful. I presume you will also need a septic system. Make sure you do not throw anything that didn’t come from you body naturally in the toilet and use only Charmin. You can test the TP by placing a sheet of paper in water – Charmin will break down very quickly. Many other brands will not. NO COND*MS in the toilet. I know someone who had her septic pumped out and the septic man suggested that she switch to Charmin & stop flushing cond*ms. “But we don’t use cond*ms.” She & her husband looked at each other and simultaneously said “JOHN!” – their college son who is now happily married to a lovely young lady who used to visit on breaks.

  2. We didn’t use Charmin in our septic, but we did use 1 ply tissue ONLY. I didn’t know that rule until we bought the house and my husband and father both made the pronouncement.

    Congratulations on your well! That’s exciting! 120 feet is great!

    And as always, the smiling faces of your houligans makes my day!

  3. grace 3

    hooray for the voodoo rods–they’re bewitching little contraptions to be sure!

    ah, ppm. takes me back to my days in chemistry lab. those were not fun days.

  4. That is great news! Can’t wait to see the progress on the house and vineyard. You must be so excited!

    My grandparents have lived with a well for almost 30 years, and while I don’t know the flow rates or anything like that, I know they’ve done with one forever without any major problems. And they share the well with all their neighbors. I don’t think you’ll have a problem at all.

  5. We have a well, but I have no idea about flow rate or ppm. All I know is we get plenty of water for our house with my husband’s two hour long showers (mine are 15 minutes or less so I have more time to read blogs), all the laundry for a family of six, the automatic waterer thingy for the horses, watering the newly planted trees (and soon grass!), and running the water source heat pump which heats and cools our house and then fills the pond out front. We have to use a softener though. The water is pretty bad without it.

  6. krysta 6

    I have no clue what your talking about, but finding water must be good. Our water magically appears from a faucet. Ahhh, the life of a city girl.

  7. This is exciting news! How great that you are chronicling all this from the beginning. In 20 years when you are a world-famous vintner, you will be able to look back at these photos and sigh, “Remember when . . .”

  8. I am on city water and it is nasty! Our little town has been working on replacing all the piping…it’s a mess. My FIL has a well…he needs a new pump though, so I won’t even tell you what his water pressure is like!

  9. Yep! Gotta well for the house, and one for each other house on the ranch.. Also, each has a septic tank… And we have a pump for the pond, and all sorts of other water stuff for irrigating…
    So.. when you get your septic tank, make sure you have a MAP of it’s location…GLUE it to the inside of a cabinet where all present & future peeps can see it! We bought this place 9 years ago… Our hired hands septic system ‘overflowed’ recently and no one could find the septic tank… (previous owner was clueless, County did not have a map, DEQ ((note: Since you are moving to Oregon, the Dept. of Environ. Quality will now be involved in your septic & water quality systems)) did not have a map, the septic cleaners were clueless…
    Outcome? Many shovels digging to locate the tank…
    You also get a pump house to go with your well.
    In my ‘hood’ where winters are real, you need a heater in that pump house so your pipes don’t freeze. You also store garden hoses in case your house catches on fire and you need unfrozen hoses!
    Let’s just say that one smart chick left the pump house door open while dragging hoses to water the sheep (20 minutes tops!) – the pipes froze up, then not a drop of water to the house – until I shut the door and let the heater do it’s work again!!! The sheep did not get water either..

  10. ALF 11

    Horray for water! I have never had a well before so I’m not very helpful in that category…sorry.

  11. Yea! Water! That’s awesome. I grew up with well-water, but we’re on city water here.

    I don’t know anything about flow rates, but my great-grandfather had “the gift” when it came to witching water. He found the spot for the well on my parent’s farm and he’d witch for water for other people in the county. It was freaky…in a really cool way. :)

  12. Kate 13

    I live on a farm and we all have wells. I have no idea what my water flow rate is, however. I have good pressure, though.

  13. I do not personally have a well, but my parents do and I am regularly updated in the How The Water Flows soap opera.

    Most of the time it’s fine. But when the power goes out, they have no water (electric pump + no back-up generator = very sad home owners). They have to watch their consumption, since using too much leads to no water (maybe this is a water flow issue?). After several misses, they finally found a really good well company that will come out on the weekends and on holidays to fix the well when it goes down. For a while, the standing joke was “It isn’t a holiday until the well breaks.”

    I think if I tried, I could be more negative, but I might strain something and that would be bad. Sorry. I don’t mean to be all doom and gloom. I think they like it just fine, there is just more to think about when the city doesn’t pipe it in. I promise a sunnier comment next time around. Maybe with little birdies and butterflies.

  14. Flea 15

    Well that sure sounds like a lot of water. And a good parts per million count. But I have no clue. I DO know that you don’t have to buy one of those expensive water softeners from salesmen, but that you can get them at Lowes for a fraction of the cost.

  15. We have a well and when we lose power– we lose water. The pump seems to want electricity to run. So, a back up generator is a good idea. Congrats on the find!

  16. Um, your boys?

    I’ve got two little girls in mind for them. No dowry, but they know how to fend for themselves and they LOVE water. And you’ve got that now! So call me in fifteen years. Kay?

  17. My Dad lived in Fort Bragg (Northern Cal) for many years… built a house there and had to do the voodoo stick thing to find water on his property. They had all kinds of fun (roll eyes) with their well. Hopefully yours will all work out wonderfully!!

  18. I have no input other than, wow…that property is just gorgeous!

  19. Most of New England uses wells and septic systems as so much area is rural.

    We do not have a pump house. Homes in New England have cellars.

    The actual well is some distance from the house, it is piped under ground to a reserve tank in the cellar. When we turn on the faucet the water comes from this tank. If the water pressure seems lower it means the tank level is lower, and very shortly the auto fill thing happens and the tank is full again and pressure is stronger. But the pressure is never particularly weak, even when tank is low.

    Everyone is right – when there is a power outage, the pump can’t fill the reserve tank. You basically just have what is in the tank when power goes out. However in my 15 years here it has not been as much of an issue as you might think. With your business you will definitely need a back-up generator anyway, which would keep the tank filled.

    Septic tank: Regarding TP, I buy 2-ply angel soft and have no problem. Be careful of what bathroom cleaners you use, however, as the chemicals can destroy the bacteria that breaks down the organic solids in your septic system. This has been my biggest challenge, trying not to overdo cleaning with bleach.

    Congrats on finding water!

  20. Meg 21

    We aren’t on a well, but we do have a septic system…

  21. Deb 22

    We have a well in Key West! Can you believe that! We no longer can use the water as our water table has dropped about 4 feet since we moved here. We live in a house that was built in the late 20′s and the only source of water was the well and cistern. When we first moved here I used the well water for flushing the toilets and laundry. Fresh water floats on salt water so we could tap that. But unfortunately things went askew and we had to totally hook up to city water. But the well is till there and we have to have it treated for mosquitos now that we do not draw off of it. I am thrilled that you hit water! Those vines are going to be sooo happy!!!! Love these updates Cathy!

  22. That is stinkin’ awesome! We built a house (no vineyard) about 18 months ago… we found water around 225 feet – we were told it could’ve been as far as 450 feet – were we thankful! The deeper the hole, the higher the bill…

  23. Mrs. L 24

    We had a well when we lived in the boonies in Oregon, but all my relatives that live there now live in city areas so no wells.

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