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Topic Title: Plugging and abandoning old artesian well
Topic Summary: any experiences out there?
Created On: 04/03/2021 07:32 AM
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 04/03/2021 07:32 AM
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IamSAW

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I've got an old artesian irrigation well that is no longer in use; too salty. I'd like to get it plugged and abandoned so I can hopefully cut off the well head and use that area for something else. I no longer irrigate the yard anyways, except for a few sips of city water when it's begging for mercy. Otherwise it's just rainfall watered. From what I can gather on The Google well abandonment requires pumping cement down the hole all the way to the bottom to fill up the casing and seal off any holes, etc. Has anybody done that to their well? I'm 200% sure this is not a DIY thing (but thought about it) so what are the costs? Does having some big ole oak branches above the well head complicate things (prol a no brainer yes, darn it, but I'm not afraid to ask stupid questions). Also I see SJRWMD has an artesian well abandonment program with potential $ assistance - I have a call into them (and several well drilling companies), but has anyone else gone through this before? TY 2ndLighters!
 04/07/2021 06:07 AM
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surfsail

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Never had personal experience but my neighbor had his well start failing and put in a new well. This was for potable water ... Sealing the old one off was a problem - I seem to remember that theere was corrosion involved somewhere down there.. It spewed water into the road for about a week before they got it sealed. Pretty sure it was not a DIY - he's 80+... Prob best to spring some $ for a pro..

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Edited: 04/07/2021 at 06:09 AM by surfsail
 11/28/2021 03:00 PM
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IamSAW

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Hey an update! It took awhile, but it just got done. Got a few estimates from a few local drillers, prices ranged from $1,500 to $2,500 plus $/bag of cement cost too. Applied for SJRWMD well abandonment program (link below) and that's FREE. A guy from the district came by to check out the well and put it on their to-do list. When it came up in the rotation they gave me a heads up and it was done in one day plus an early morning clean up. No need to cut down overhead branches or use a drilling rig; they basically rigged up a small mud pump and mixed cement in a barrel, then pumped it down the hole until it was completely filled, top to bottom and all points in between (took 45 bags, well casing was toast). Afterwards they cut off the well head below grade and cleaned up the place, leaving no trace. Highly recommend this program to anyone with an old artesian well that's gone salty and/or leaking, there's plenty of them out there.

SJRWMD Well Abandonment Program linkey

Gary Foster is who you need to contact.
Office: 386-329-4421
Email: gfoster@sjrwmd.com

Edited: 11/28/2021 at 03:04 PM by IamSAW
 11/30/2021 04:31 PM
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Central Floridave

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Thanks for the update.
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