We also have a lot of this - mud! This is a picture of all the mud that was pulled out of the depth of our well that has been poured out close to the well drilling site. What is one to do with all this mud? I'm sure we'll find something to do with it, lol!
A picture of the pipe screen that will be set down into the well to screen out and filter all the sandy particles in the water.
A closer picture of the screen that is used to filter the water.
This is what the water looked like coming out of the well before the screen was set! Pretty muddy looking stuff!
And because I got so excited to see the fresh clear water (and forgot to check what setting my camera was on), that I did not get a great picture of the water exiting the well through the pipe... but you can see even in the difficult light of this picture, how clear the water is as compared to the above picture of muddy water!
And here is a chuckle for you. Our great friend JH came over with his backhoe to dig out a 5-foot hole, whose help we appreciated so much! While the hole was being dug to beneath the frost line, Scooby (the well man's dog) was so excited to see new dirt and rocks coming up out of the ground that he would bite the backhoe bucket!
As silly and crazy as this dog was, we got a lot of chuckles out of his funny ways!
And here is a much better picture of the clear beautiful water we now have piped 220 feet out of the ground at 10-12 gallons a minute! To get a house built with a well, you need to have a well that will do at least 5 gallons a minute. Our neighbor on one side of our property is getting 1-2 gallons a minute. Our neighbor on the other side is happy to be getting 6 gallons a minute. We are THRILLED to be getting 10-12 gallons a minute!
What a thrill it is to see the water so clear and fresh after such a long ordeal these last 3-4 weeks. As the well man and I discussed some final pieces of business related to the well, he remarked that this well was "blessed", and I completely agreed. After all, we now have one of the best wells in the area, with the well pumping out 12 gallons a minute of water! Last Wednesday it seemed we might have no useful water at all because of the fine material that would have clogged it up. However, after we prayed, things began to change! Indeed, we feel very blessed and very thankful that the Lord's hand was involved in bringing this well to a place where we can now call it "BLESSED"!
I'm going to miss Scooby! He and I got along quite well, as long as I would kick around the rocks he found, and throw his Frisbee for him. Even though he has some strange ways (choosing to chase rocks around and bark at them!), we really did enjoy playing with him.
My husband will be busy the next few coming days putting the final touches on the well that include a well house, and installing a pressure tank, and it will be then that we will be able to begin to use our wonderful supply of water.
It is with very deeply thankful hearts that we celebrate in thanksgiving today the fact that we have such a precious wonderful water supply, after dire circumstances threatened otherwise, and we want to continue to ask the Lord to bless John too. After seeing the miraculous intervention of the Lord last week to produce a remarkable turnaround in spite of a frustrating beginning, we pray that the seeds of faith that have been planted through this experience will take root in his heart, and continue to be watered and blessed to bring forth fruit. As John himself today called this well "blessed", we know... the Lord has touched a place in his heart, and we continue to believe that this place will be nurtured in the future.
May the waters from the river of life flow in your life in a special way today, springing up within your soul!