Understanding Water Wells In Wayland MA

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Home Inspector with Northeast Water Wells Inc NH Lic# 59,60 and MA 762

 

 

Are you thinking of installing a water well in Wayland, MA. This article is geared towards understanding Wayland MA Board of Health Regulations. Understanding your town regulations can be instrumental in compiling total project costs when it comes to drilling a water well in Wayland, MA.

 1. Permit Info:  Well construction permit fee: $100.00

2. Well Location: plot plan is required when application is submitted.  Guidelines include

(Separation distance in linear feet)

Property Line

10ft

Leaching Area

100ft

Public/Private Roadways

15ft

Building

5ft

Septic Tank

50ft

3. Water Quality testing: Comprehensive water analysis is required $250.00.  This test includes (results in 5-7 days) Recommended to tested every 3-5 years

Total Coliform Bacteria         Sodium                       Hardness       Arsenic (Total)

E-Coli Bacteria                  Alkalinity                           Nitrate                  Lead

Calcium                               Ammonia                       Nitrite                   Potassium

Copper                                    Chloride                        pH                       Flouride

Iron                                         Chlorine                        Sulfate                 Radon

Magnesium                              Color                            Turbidity

Manganese                             Conductivity                   Odor/Sediment

4. Water Quantity testing: A four hour flow test will be sufficient. Flow tests should be conducted in the following manner.

Well Drawing Depth

GPM-4 Hour Minimum

0-150ft

5-6

150-200ft

4

200-300ft

3

300 and Over

2

 

 Example 1: a one bedroom house with a well six (6) inches in diameter and contains 200 ft. of standing water:

1)  I bedroom + I bedroom = (2 bedrooms) x (I10 gallons per bedroom) x (safety factor of 2) = 440 gallons needed daily.

2.     the volume of a 6-inch well is 1.5 gallons for every foot of water column length. Therefore, (200 ft. of standing water) x (I. 5 gal/ft.) = 300 gallons.

  1. 440 gallons + 300 gallons = 740 gallons that must be pumped from the well in 24 hours or less to demonstrate suitable capacity.  Recovery up to 85% of the static water level must also occur within 24 hours after cessation of pumping.

5. Real Estate Transfer Requirements: As of now, Wayland, MA does not have any real estate transfer requirements posted. However we strongly suggest getting the water quality and quantity tested to show you are getting a clean, safe, and usable well.

 Wells on average in the Town of Wayland MA range from 300-400 in depth however it’s not uncommon for wells to run shallower or deeper hence why it’s called the average. The casing depth averages at 40 feet however deeper pockets of rock are possible.

 If you have further questions contact the Wayland Board Of Health at 508-358-3617

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