A Sandpoint Well is a shallow water well source obtained from no more then 25' below the ground. In areas where the ground under the soil is quite sandy and there exists a high water table Sandpoint Wells have in the past, and still can be found in use today, for potable and non-potable uses.
Sandpoint Wells have fallen out of favour in urban area in modern times for potable useage due to the contamination that occurs in ground water from all manner of sources from chemical fertilizers to septic contamination. For these reasons today, most new Sandpoint Wells are in rural areas or used in areas where domestic municipal water charges are high and consumers want an inexpensive and reliable source to irrigate lawns, crops or other such uses. Therefore sandpoints can be an excellent way to water your lawn! Even undrinkable water can be made potable using reverse osmosis filtration and ultraviolet water treatment. Softeners may also be required depending on your local water hardness from dissolved minerals. Of course all this costs money and has ongoing costs as well which may make a drilled well to depth all the more practical.
For more details on how to make a Sandpoint Well and more pictures check out this link with an excellent article on how to Do it Yourself: Sandpoint Well Project.
Another excellent reference can be found courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources, State of Wisconsin: Driven Point (Sandpoint) Wells.
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