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  •  Does anyone know (1+ / 0-)
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    Asinus Asinum Fricat

    ...how I can drill a well for irrigation in Los Angeles? Nobody seems to do it in the city, but I'm on the outskirts by a seasonal creek ravine and water is just 40 feet down.

    I would like to water my vegetables and fruit trees this year! The water restrictions proposed are downright draconian, and I've worked too hard on my garden over the years to see it die. I'm already switching to drip.

    "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

    by eyeswideopen on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 04:24:22 PM PST

    •  Can't help you as I live in Eire, perhaps (0+ / 0-)

      someone here might know.

    •  How you drill the well is not the issue (9+ / 0-)

      That's pretty easy.  The questions you may want to ask instead are:

      1.  Does your local community have an ordinance banning private wells within its geography?
      1.  Is there any chance I would need and, if needed, could get, a water right allowing you to use that water for irrigation?
      1.  Is shallow groundwater in your area of an appropriate quality for its intended use? Salinity and industrial pollution may be a problem in your area.
      •  Ugh, California regulations (7+ / 0-)

        You need to clear any irrigation with the State Water Board. I don't know if a small personal garden is included in what they regulate, but it might.

        If the well is already there, you should be able to use it, no problem, for persona use, except for irrigation, which needs to cleared. It's up to you to have the water tested. That can run from $100 to $1000 depending on what you decide to test for.

        If you want to dig a well in the LA area, you'll be tapping in the LA basin, which the state more or less owns and regulates tightly, as it's a very fragile resource and there's about 12 million people depending on it. Check with the Water Board as well as your local ordinances about whether digging new wells in your area is permitted.

        -8.50, -7.64 "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer." - Camus

        by croyal on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 04:53:08 PM PST

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        •  Thank you so much! (4+ / 0-)

          I've discovered thus far that this small use would fall under "personal use" and thus already have water rights and since the water use would recharge the groundwater from which it came, it's no problem. So far, so good!  I have to study further and still have to try to find someone who knows how to drill a well. That seems to be tricky around here. You'd think it would be easy!

          Tahnks again, I really appreciate your information and the link. It's very helpful!

          "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

          by eyeswideopen on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 05:14:56 PM PST

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