How to Remove Sand From a Water Well

Written by greg lindberg
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Water supply wells are susceptible to sand and sediment getting into the water that is dispensed into your home. There are many methods for removing sand from a water well, and some options can be more expensive than others depending on whether you have a dug well or a bedrock well. Before applying a sand filter of any kind, you will also need to make sure that you seal the area of the well where sand is leaking from.

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Things you need

  • Well casing
  • Clamshell bucket
  • Well pump intake
  • Centrifuge sand-removal device
  • Sand filter removal device

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  1. 1

    Stop any entry point for sand to enter your well before filtering out the sand that's already in it. Purchase well casing from your local home and garden store and apply it to the well where the sand is entering, according to the well casing installation instructions.

  2. 2

    Use a clamshell bucket or construction pump to remove the sand from the bottom of your well, but only if it is a dug well.

  3. 3

    Purchase and install an intake for your pump that is for removing sand from your well, if you own a bedrock well. This method is costly and requires that the owner remove the well pump for reinstallation.

  4. 4

    Install a centrifuge sand removal device for an in-home solution to removing the sand. The device removes sand by spinning water in a unit in your home.

  5. 5

    Install a sand filter removal device in your home to remove the sand if you don't want to use a centrifuge sand removal device. This backwashing filter will strain out sand particles from your well water.

Tips and warnings

  • By using a construction pump to remove sand you will raise the pump suction line, which can increase the chance for drought conditions.

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