Update on Community Irrigation Wells

You may have noticed that you have plenty of pressure for your irrigation. A new pump was installed in well #1, and it has been running flawlessly since 08-12-2020.  A new pump installation was completed on Monday 09-21-2020 in well #2 with the same upgraded pump specs as well #1.  These two pumps have 35% increased pumping capacity.  This newly installed pump has been monitored for the last 72 hours, and it is running smoothly.  The existing pump in well #3, age unknown, has been and is running well.  The computer controller settings have been set on all three wells. One well is set at 65 pounds per square inch (psi). When the pressure drops to 60 psi, the second well turns on, and when the pressure drop to 55 psi, the third well turns on.  Prior to implementing these staggered settings, all three wells would turn on at 65 psi and work against each other.  These new settings will save a lot of electric and wear and tear on the pumps. What does this mean to you? When it is your day of the week to water, and as more home irrigation systems are set to come on, the pressure will remain high enough to keep all your irrigation zones running well. 

We have a GREAT well repair vendor.  He no longer drills new wells and does not work on residential wells.  He specializes in wells just like ours, and our type of well work is all he does.  Other well repair vendors have said they go to him when they are stumped. 

The failure of these pumps was unexpected, and the time it took to obtain replacement pumps was frustrating for all involved in their acquisition and undoubtedly, for the residents in our community. Unfortunately, COVID-19 led to the closure of the factory for the manufacturer of one of these pumps and their overseas parts supplier. When the factories reopened and parts were received to build the pump, the manufacturer was faced with a back-log of orders.  The anticipated delivery date was constantly being pushed back.  This unexpected delay allowed for a thorough investigation and detailed research by the well repair vendor to determine the contributing factors that led to the premature failure of these pumps.  Rest assured that the Board is always committed to working to find the best solutions for long-term reliability.

As this was taking place, focus has been given to the aging and fatigued common ground irrigation components.  There will be more on this subject at the next BOD meeting which will be held shortly.