If you’re lucky, you likely have both your primary residence and a place to call home when you want to get away—your cabin. Having two properties can be beneficial in many ways, but it also presents challenges with how you will operate them given the same water source. If you’re fortunate enough to have two homes—or, perhaps your situation is slightly less fortunate and you need a back-up plan in the event your primary residence no longer has access to clean water. Either way, there are ways that sharing one well makes sense. Here are some helpful tips on how to run two houses off one well.
Before you make any major changes, you’ll want to get your systems in order at each property—especially if you already have your system set up to run off one well now. Knowing how much water you use at each location, what type of filter you have, what your water costs are and other data will make the process much smoother. For example, if you’re using a well at one property but have city water at the other, you’ll want to account for the difference in how much water your systems will use. If one property uses a lot less water than the other, you can use that data to your advantage when it comes to conserving water at both properties.
Install water-efficient devices
Even if you don’t have two wells, you can still install devices to reduce water usage. Some easy ways to save include fixing leaky faucets and toilets, installing low-flow shower heads, and swapping out regular garden hoses for ones that use less water. You can also look into a Hydro-Logic Well System. This is a cost-effective way to use rainwater for both properties instead of relying on the well for both. This can be especially helpful in an area where there are concerns about drought or water shortages. When you have water that would otherwise run off into the street, you can save it to use for irrigation instead. This is especially helpful if you’re relying on the well for both properties.
Utilize rainwater and runoff
Another great way to reduce or eliminate reliance on the well is to use rainwater and runoff. Depending on the property and the types of water sources available to you, this can be a great way to offset the well and also provide some extra water for other uses. If you have a creek on your property, you can use the runoff from that to water your plants and gardens, or even run a small hydroelectric system to offset your electricity usage. If you don’t have a creek, but there is a lot of rainfall in your area, you can use rain harvesting to collect the water and bring it back to your property for various uses.
Change your usage habits
If you’re already relying on one well for two properties, you likely don’t need any more motivation to change your usage habits, but there are some helpful things to keep in mind. For example, try to avoid watering your lawns during peak hours. Ideally, you should water your lawns in the early morning. Also, avoid watering your lawns if there’s a chance the water will run into the street or onto the sidewalk. And, lastly, if you’re using the well for two properties, take advantage of the fact that you have more water available and water your lawns more often than you normally would.
Add a second well
If you’ve exhausted your options, you may also want to consider adding a second well. This can be a great way to reduce or eliminate the reliance on the original well. You can install a well at the property that has city water or other non-potable sources. If you choose to add a second well, you’ll want to make sure you have the right pump and water source for both properties. If you’re not sure what to look for, it’s a good idea to talk to a professional well company to help guide you through the process. Before installing a second well, make sure you have enough space on your property to build another well. You’ll also want to make sure you have the proper permits to build a new well. It’s also a good idea to check with your insurance provider to see if having two wells is covered under your policy.
Running two properties off one well can be challenging, but it can be done. The first step is to get your systems organized and then install water-efficient devices. You can also utilize rainwater and runoff to reduce your reliance on the well. Finally, you can change your usage habits or add a second well to help reduce or eliminate reliance on the well.