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Water column and pressure

  1. Sep 20, 2013 #1
    How to pull up the water which is 800 feet below the ground? How much amount of pressure to be applied ?

    Can we use P = dgh


    Reply me as early as possible?
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2013 #2

    SteamKing

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    How to pull up water which is 800 feet below what? What are you talking about?
     
  4. Sep 20, 2013 #3
    Steam King, Its below ground ?
     
  5. Sep 20, 2013 #4
    And let me Know how much amount of pressure to be applied?
    CAn we use
    P = dgh + atm pressure
     
  6. Sep 20, 2013 #5

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    You cannot pull it. You have to put the pump down the hole, then pump the water out.
    Each 30 feet of water is about one atmosphere. 800 / 30 = 26.66 atm = 387 psi.
    That is about 2 foot per psi.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2013 #6
    If you install a well casing down a borehole to a depth of 800 and perforate the casing at the 800 ft depth level, water will fill the casing, and you can draw water out of the casing from the top (at close to the depth of the water table (usually within a couple of 10's of feet from the surface) using a pump. The water within the casing at the top will be replaced by water from 800 ft below, until all the water within the casing is from the 800 ft. depth.
     
  8. Sep 20, 2013 #7

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    That is wishful thinking. You are very lucky to be living in an area where, when you dig a hole, it fills up with water. My water table is at 90m. I am only 100m ASL, but 10km inland.

    Poorly fractured rocks have very low flow rates, it may be necessary to pump the water level down as far as practical below the natural water table in order to have sufficient flow.

    A water well is usually bored to a depth that is 20 to 50 feet below the water table. That is because you only stop drilling when you get sufficient water flow, or run out of money. It is unlikely that a hole with a total depth of 800 foot would be bored if the water table was anywhere near the surface. That would be a waste of tens of thousands of dollars.
     
  9. Sep 20, 2013 #8
    That all may very well be true, but the OP just wanted to know how to get water from 800 ft depth to the surface. He didn't say why he wanted to do this. We don't know the geological setting at the OP's site, but I agree that, if the rock is very tight, the drawdown at the well may be high. On the other hand, if the permeability of the rock is high and the rate of water removal is low, the drawdown may not be too much. As with many practical problems involving groundwater, the most important consideration is the geological setting (location, location, location).

    Chet
     
  10. Sep 20, 2013 #9

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    Chestermiller. I believe we differ in our extrapolation from the OP question.
    You are assuming the hole is full of water, but that the OP only wants to sample water from the 800 foot level.
    My assumption was that the hole is dry above the pump at 800 feet, hence the deep hole and pressure problem.
     
  11. Sep 22, 2013 #10
    I'm sure that you are aware that, if you have a hole down to 800 feet, the hole won't be dry unless the water table is at least 800 ft below ground level. Are you aware of any geological settings like this, other than on the side of a mountain? I guess I did make the tacit assumption that the water table is not hundreds of feet below ground level.
     
  12. Sep 22, 2013 #11
    You can not pull it up like that. Capillary force (used by high trees!) may work, but it's very slow.
    A common solution is to push water up by putting the pump low enough in the well. For a detailed description see:
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/electrical-plumbing/1275136
     
  13. Sep 22, 2013 #12

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    Define mountain.
    Unfortunately, yes. On one occasion, once the immediately available water was used, the very poor flow encouraged a driller to extend a hole by 50 ft. All the water then disappeared and the hole has been dry ever since. Plugging the hole will not improve the original situation. That was in arid granite country where horizontal unloading fractures provided the only flow.

    I believe it is a mistake to assume that another's selected situation will be typical of your experience. The selected situation mentioned in the OP should be expected to be atypical, or it would not have been posted here on PF.

    The OP refers to a well that has been bored to 800 feet or more. I question why that was done. It suggests that the water table is very deep in that case. I made that point in the last paragraph of post #7.
     
  14. Sep 22, 2013 #13

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    A lot of talk but no one has answered the simple question. How much force is required to pump water up from 800 ft. Frame the scenario any way you want to allow an answer to that question. Assume a 800ft water table.
     
  15. Sep 23, 2013 #14

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    I revise my quick estimate to one based on; 1 psi = 2.3084 ft H2O
    800 / 2.3084 = 347. psi.
     
  16. Sep 23, 2013 #15

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  17. Sep 23, 2013 #16

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    The theoretical limit for suction of water is 32 feet due to atmospheric pressure. The practical limit is closer to 27 feet.

    The advertisement shows the handle at the top, but not the pipe that carries the many pump elements that you must lower down the hole.
     
  18. Sep 23, 2013 #17

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