Private Well Guide for Real Estate Professionals

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Part 1 of 5- Water Quantity Testing The Right Way!

One of the most popular questions we receive when presenting well water testing information during real estate sales meetings is "What's the best way to correctly measure water quantity?" Below, you'll find the best practice blueprint to ensure your clients are receiving accurate results with reduced liability both during the property transfer or beyond.

There are three variables you want your clients to know at the conclusion of a quantity test:

  1. 24-volume available to the home
  2. Well Sustained Rate (commonly referred to as the "flow rate")
  3. Recovery Rate

If you don't receive these three output measurements during your quantity test results, you're not providing accurate information to your clients and they cannot make the best informed decision when it come to the water supply.

It's one thing to turn on the water and run it for certain amount of time at say, 5 gallons per minute. It's quite another to be able to achieve this rate indefinitely. This is the reason the recovery rate calculation is so important and necessary--and required by MassDEP for new well installs. The recovery test is almost always overlooked during a property transfer; mainly because special equipment is needed.  MassDEP requires that a well not only needs to meet certain 24-volume guidelines, but also needs to recover to within 85 percent of the pre-pumped static water level within a 24 hour period.

The amount of water available to the home can be equally as important as the quality of the water. The next time your client is looking to complete water quantity testing, we encourage you to share the information in this post with them. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by clicking here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this information. I hope the information is  helpful!

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