I recently inspected an acreage that is nicely set up for horses. Knowing how sketchy the water is in the area I convinced the buyer to have a flow test done on the 30" bored well. As it turned out the well is only producing about 1/2 gallon per minute. This quantity of water obviously has been sufficient for the past 30 years but I would bet my bottom $ that the past inhabatants had to learn to conserve water. I personally know what it like to have a house full of company visit and to hear the water run like there is no end to it. The problem is you know the truth is that it will soon end if precautions are not taken but you don't want to be the meanie that tells the city folk to smarten up. From my experience I will say that you will very quickly become attached to YOUR water. It soon consumes your every thought and you need to be aware of the options you have. Here are a few; you can cut back of course and lay down the law- meanie!
You can plan ahead by installing a cistern inside or out that can be slowly filled with well water or rain water or water from the city. You can drill another well if the local experienced well driller feels you will have a good chance of hitting a better supply.
Overall you simply need to be ready to adjust your thinking about what water means to you. A low producing well should not deter you from buying that dream acreage unless you cannot deal with the responsibility that goes along with such a purchase. I. Feel that an acreage without an adequate supply of water should be priced accordingly.
I have lots more to say about this topic so bring on the questions if you have any!
This entry hasn't been re-blogged: