What Can You Do About Well Water and AeroGardens Right Now

Well Water

As AeroGardens systems advance in style and design, they start to become quite expensive. Therefore, we need to take care of what type of water we use. 

My article is based on what can you do about well water and your AeroGardens right now will provide you with the information on what you can do to protect your plants.

So, what exactly is a well?

Wells go back about eight thousand years, and their construction vary. Some examples of wells include scoops, step-wells and others forms of water holding devices that were once hand-dug.

A well is an artificial excavation of digging, or drilling a hole to access groundwater from underground aquifers.

How is the water extracted from under the ground?

The water is drawn up by using a mechanical pump or a by hand bailing using a bucket. According to Wikipedia, there are three types of wells, dug wells, driven wells, and drilled wells.

Three types of wells

Dug Wells

Dug Wells was hand-dug wide enough to allow one or more persons to dig with shovels down below the table water. While digging, they would brace the walls horizontally to prevent landslides and erosion. They would also line the walls with stones to help prevent contamination. Over time a more modern method is to reinforce the concrete wall.

Digging wells by hand was a cheap way in comparison to drilling. Many wells are drilled 60 metres (200feet). 

A dug well’s benefits are operational and maintenance at low cost, making it very efficient financially. The drawbacks are rocks, time-consuming to build by hand, heavy work, fluctuations in water levels, possible contamination of the water, sewerage seepage walls collapsing and so on.

Driven Wells

Driven wells have a well hole arrangement containing a `hardened drive point and screen’.  The point is hammered into the ground, usually using a tripod and driver with pipe sections added as needed. This driver is a ‘weighted pipe that slides over the pipe being driven and is repeatedly dropped on it.’

Once groundwater is found, the well is cleaned by washing away the sediment and installing a mechanical pump.

Drilled Wells

A drilled well is usually dug with a drilling machine that digs down until it reaches the aquifer. Once excavated, it is then capped to prevent access to the well by unauthorised persons, small insects, and animals.

Contamination

Contamination of well water mainly depends on how deep the well is excavated. For instance, shallow wells are significantly susceptible to contamination than deeper dug wells. Waterborne diseases can contaminate water and spread. So how does this happen?

Pathogens

Contaminated water comes from a range of materials, human or animal. For instance:

  • On-site sanitation systems
    • Pit latrines
    • Septic tanks

Pathogens include:

  • Bacteria
    • E. coli
    • Salmonella
    • Shigella
    • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Viruses
    • Norovirus
    • Sapovirus
    • Rotavirus
    • Enteroviruses
    • Hepatitis A and E
  • Parasites
    • Giardia Lamblia
    • Cryptosporidium
    • Cyclospora cayetanensis
    • Microsporidia
  • Fungi

Chemical Contamination

Another common problem is chemical contamination. Some chemical contamination, for instance, includes:

  • Nitrates
    • Sewage
    • sewage sludge
    • fertiliser
  • Pollutants
    • Pesticides
    • volatile organic compounds
      • gasoline/petrol
      • dry-cleaning
      • fuel additive: methyl tert-butyl (MTBE)
      • perchlorate
        • fuel
        • airbag inflators
  • Other Contaminants include
    • Lead
    • Chromium VI
    • Arsenic
    • Radon
    • Uranium
    • Fluoride
  • Natural chemicals in the water include:
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Iron
    • Manganese

Iron and manganese bacteria is slimy black stuff that clogs the pipes.

Is well water safe to use in an AeroGarden

Well, water for personal use within the home needs to be filtered to remove particles and contamination. However, it’s essential to use the correct type of water for your unit and plants.

If you read your instructions guide, you will see that AeroGarden does not recommend using well water due to the mineral content in the well and that the nutrients that come with your seeds do not mix well with the water.

According to the AeroGarden team, the recommended water to use is distilled water. But not many users of these systems live within easy reach of a shopping centre to purchase the water.

What can you do to solve this problem?

Because of potential minerals in the well water and the possibility of pathogens and contaminants, there are several ways to solve this problem.

pH test

To test the minerals found in your well water and adjust according to recommended levels required to soften the water, you will need to get a pH testing kit.

Boil Water

Boiling water is a great way to sterilise your well water. I often boil water for my aero garden system, and it works a treat. Otherwise, you could create your simple distillation setup.

Install a well-water infiltrations system.

Installing an infiltration system can be an expensive venture but is an ideal solution for the home and your AeroGarden. Below are a couple of links to two different types of systems for clean drinking water.

The Best Well Water Filtration System for Clean drinking water

Portable systems Australia

In conclusion

my article has covered everything you wanted to know about well water and your AeroGarden and what you can do to protect your plants and the unit.

Well water, extracted from underground, comes from 3 types of wells, one of them, you may have to pump water for your garden, animals, or agriculture. We have learned how water can quickly become contaminated, making it unsafe to drink or use in the house. But the main question for this article is Can well water be used in an aerogarden?

When you look at the directions that came with your system, you will see they not use it as it is not suitable for you. Unit or plants.  So, what problem did we solve? 

From my research, I found several ways to solve well water issues: pH testing, boiling water or infiltration systems.

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References

Wikipedia

AeroGarden

Build your own distillation system

Portable Systems Australia

Everything you wanted to now about Well Water Pressure problems and were afraid to ask

The Best Well Water Filtration System for Clean drinking water

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