Our house is plumbed into a deep drilled well, a shallow suflury well, and a spring. A complex spaghetti of pipes in the basement allows you to select which of these sources feeds which fixtures. This creative plumbing would allow you to put the sulfury water in the toilet and shower, for instance, but run clean water to the drinking taps. It also makes it nearly impossible to isolate one water source from another.
In the meantime, he extracted the antiquated jet pump from the sulfur well, lowered in a temporary test pump, and did a flow test on that well. The sulfur well, while virtually undrinkable due to the smell, yielded a solid 10gpm. To permanently install a new pump with related piping, though, will run us several thousand dollars... and that's BEFORE we'll be able to test it for potability, or shock it if it fails.
In the meantime, we have a structural engineer coming out to give input on the housing inspector's declaration that the living room needs a new support joist installed. As a silver lining, our friends at Snell Septic gave our septic system an A+.
Taking over an old house, especially one that's been sitting, is bound to have some hiccups. Demanding that it not just support a family, but also leap into the 21st century and support a farm is a tall order. Though it's occasionally hard to remain upbeat and energetic as the inspections, remedies, delays, and expenses pile up one after another, we're still excited and positive about the farm. We'd rather have a difficult time of this than an easy time doing anything else... I suppose agriculture is always a bit like that.