Artesian Well Our Drinking Water.

Artesian Well Our Drinking Water
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Artesian Well Our Drinking Water
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Artesian Well Our Drinking Water
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Our Artesian Well Drinking Water

We have always had good water in two of the houses we owned. They never needed a softener, nothing added to the country water we had at the first two houses. They always tested safe. We bought an old farmhouse and the water was terrible, safe but terrible. We were at first renting this house, we now own it. My husband told the owners we couldn't take the water if they didn't put a softener on we would have to move. It had so much iron it, stunk and it was ruining our clothes, the washer, the toilet and the tub. Iron water is also hard water, could never get any suds from our soaps. They were nice about it and had a softener put on the well. This really did help with everything; still we couldn't drink it or use it in coffee.

My husband said there was an artesian well near our home. We would just get our water from there. Right away I wanted to know if it was safe. He said it was. It was inspected by the county and it's there for people to get water. It saves money buying drinking water all the time it can be expensive.

We have two wells here both drilled and down about 65 ft. both have iron. Our two other homes had driven wells. Our first house they went down 15 ft. clear great-tasting spring water. The second house witched a driven well down 18 ft. and clear spring water. We also had a spring under the second house the water would pop up into the basement so pipes had to be run under the house to drain the water out. The water drained into a fish pond we had in front of the house.

Artesian Well Our Drinking Water
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Artesian Well Our Drinking Water
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Wisconsin River across the road. Artesian Well Our Drinking Water
Wisconsin River across the road. Artesian Well Our Drinking Water | Source

The artisan well

The artisan well is setup with a locked cover and the water runs out of the pipe onto the ground. It really pours out I can’t believe how much water comes out of the well, it then runs down onto the ground into a little gravel like stream and into the Wisconsin River. The river is across the road from the well. The little stream gets different flowers in the spring such has yellow cowlicks and blue forget-me-nots growing on the edges of the wet ground. The well runs winter and summer. They try to keep it clean with no litter, but there's always someone leaving trash lying around. There was some when we were there. Normally there’s nothing, the county keeps it up pretty good.

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We take our water jugs there and fill them up. I put a jug in the refrigerator so it gets really cold. It is so good. Often there are cars lined up to fill their jugs. Many people just stop by with their small water jug and fill it on their way to work. We were there one day and there was a man filling his jugs. He said he was from a southern state (don't remember which one) and he said to us "This well is a gift from God". I guess he is right that’s just what it is.

How the artesian well works.

Artesian well is fed by gravity. They are natural resources of fresh water. There are artesian wells all over the world. They come from deep in the ground through layers of rock, sand, clay and shale. The water is so cold and so good.

We love getting the water from the artesian well, but we wish it was closer and for that matter on our land. We could bottle it and sell it. It very likely would taste better than some of the water we get out of the plastic bottles.

We keep a jug in our fridge just for drinking, so it's nice and cold.

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Stop By The Well If You're In The Area

If you're ever in this area camping or biking and you need fresh water this is the place to go. Go west out of Rhinelander to highway 8 west, to S River Rd. just a short distance to River Rd. the spring is on the right, you will see the well. Maybe you will be here in July for the Hodag Country Fest.

People line up to get water from this well. Pretty flowers grow near it these are for-get-me-nots.
People line up to get water from this well. Pretty flowers grow near it these are for-get-me-nots. | Source
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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

dahoglund, I do not like the taste of our water. The other day I was at the kitchen sink cleaning up and the water smelled like rotten eggs. There is a filter and softner on our water but sometimes it just gets that smell. That smell will go through the whole house, I hate that.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Very interesting description of the artisian well. It is strange how water varies. The best water I ever tasted was when we were staying a a place near Marine-On-St. Croix. You mentioned iron in the water. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Many of our relatives lived up north on what is known as the iron range. The was iron dust everywhere back then and people had to strain iron out of the drinking water. There was still a residue of the iron in it though. I actually rather liked the taste of it.

Your hub is informative. I voted it up and shared with followers.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

No, Rib Mountain doesn't have city water even though she says the road that goes around it from HWY 51 to Marathon (and right past their house) is pretty heavily traveled now compared to just 20 years ago.

Talked to my sister yesterday and she said they don't have a water softner, but have put some filters on their pipes coming in. The first filter removes particles and the second one removes smells. So long as they keep the filters changed it works pretty well, but even then after half a dozen washings or so the white T'shirts, etc., turn a bit light orange.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, We always lived in homes with very good well water but we moved here and the water was terrible. We had to put a water softner on it and now it works great no iron stains now.

She must not be on city water in Rib Mountain. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Interesting read. My sister that lives in the Wausau area on Rib Mountain has the same problem with iron in the water. She always had to take their clothes to a laundromat and it tasted and smelled horrible. I think she told me recently that they've found a solution so they can wash their clothes at home now, but I can't remember what she said it was. Voted up and interesting!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

toptendeals, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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toptendeals 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

Thank you for the informative hub!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Rock_nj, I have no idea but I'm so glad you came by and left a comment. Wish I could answer your question.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

DDE, It is refreshing and much better for coffee and tea. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thanks so much for stopping by. It is nice when there is fresh clear water. Thank you for the vote and share.


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Rock_nj 3 years ago from New Jersey

Is there an advantage to have ground water come from a confined aquifer, aka an artisan aquifer, versus an unconfined aquifer?


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Water from the natural springs is just so refreshing, and the photos are lovely.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is great. You are lucky to have this artisan well so close to your home. Good to know these natural springs have amazing water quality and keep flowing water all the time.

Voted up, interesting and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, We did have a sump pump in our basement too. In fact ater one very big heavy rain my husband put in another one plus drain tiles were put in. This house has two wells there is one in the barn but we aren't using it. We should we would have to haul the hose so far. Thanks you so much for stopping by and for the share I appreciate it.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

When my husband and I lived in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin...we also had our own pure water from underground as did all of our neighbors. We had a second point drilled into the earth to help keep our yard and garden watered. We had a sump pump in the basement that would automatically run and pump excess water outside into a pond that we had built to hold it. At times the pond would be quite full of water and at other times not so much. I had it ringed with flowers and lined with rocks. It was actually quite pretty!

Will share this with others who may not know of such things.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Never thought of iron water helping teeth.

Iron around here is bad, my friend had to bring her white sweater here to wash. She now has a softener on her water.

Thanks for stopping by and for the votes.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Where I grew up in Wisconsin my parents also had their water coming up from underground and it had some iron in it but not too much to make it taste bad or stain clothes. I have never had a cavity in my teeth and dentists have told me it is undoubtedly due to the water I drank as a child. So...something good to be said about some iron in the water...if that is true.

Nice that you have a spring water source not too far away from your house. Nothing better than that!

Up, interesting and useful votes.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Bob, I guess we'll never know the answer to that question. Thanks for stopping by.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Moon...I don't have any idea if drinking it did anyone any good!

Bob


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Bob, Interesting. The iron is perfectly safe it just doesn't taste good. Maybe we should try to drink it. I have never heard of it being a tonic. Thanks for stopping by.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

In Britain we have a famous old town - Tonbridge Wells. For hunderds of years pilgims have been coming to drink the water said to be a tonic...it has iron in it!!

One man's meat? Look on Google

Bob


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

diogenes, I'm not real sure why so much of our water has iron in it I guess becaue the land is made up iron. Mining companies are always around this area wanting to do open pit mining for iron ore.

Interesting story you have Bob. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pollyannalana, I know, before when we were looking for a house to buy we told the real estate agent we didn't want to look at a house with bad water. He looked at us like we were crazy. It really is important to have good water. We bought this house only because it was a good buy and had land. It sure not for the water. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I enjoyed this, Moon. In Oz they have natural bore water coming from the tops of some hills! The underground pressure in the aquifer is so great, the hydraulic pressure makes these permanent streams and small clear lakes 500 feet above sea level!

When I lived in El Triunfo, my little mining village in Baja, we had bore water, but couldn't drink or even clean our teeth in it. It was full of cyanide and arsenic from the old mines!

Potable water had to be trucked in daily by the army. They wouldn't let me - the Gringo - have any until I had bribed the captain!

Water is becoming a precious and expensive resource. As your visitor said, clear well water is a gift. I live in Britain now, and the tap water is disgusting

Bob


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

I would give about anything for good water. You can't even buy it anymore and what happened to mineral water? I use to have a friend who had well water and she bought water and I would take jugs to her house and bring water of hers home. Crazy huh? She moved! Even boiling water does not make me feel good.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mary615, I'm glad it's close by I wished it was in our yard but such luck.

Thanks so much for stopping I really appreciate it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Alastar Packer, Yes it is. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You are lucky to have such a great water source. There was a man who lived near us who had one of these wells, and I agree: the water was so good coming out of that well.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

What an awesome gift to get the best water in the world like that. Very happy for you moonlake.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Deborah Brooks, It's just the iron in the water that makes it taste bad, won't hurt us just doesn't taste good. Most water in the country homes here are like this. We were lucky with the two houses we had with good water. All are country homes. In town the water is taste fine.

So glad you stopped by to read my hub I appreciate it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Joyce, I know what you mean. Our water use to leave terrible stains on our clothes and I hated that. I like to wear white and don't like discolored clothes. Softener really helped that but not much for the taste of the water...Thanks much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

molometer,

Thank you, for stopping by and reading my hub and leaving a comment.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow.. this is so interesting.. Yous till don't know why your water is so bad to drink? That is terrible. So glad you found the artisan wells.. you needed it

voted up

debbie


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Sounds like something we could with right here in Southern Nevada, because our tap is discussing. If I dare leave a little water on any of our counters it dries out to leave a ring sometimes it comes off easily other times I have to use a product.

Voted up, useful and interesting, Joyce.


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molometer 4 years ago

I had a bore hole when I lived in S.A.

It saved us a fortune, so I know how handy having your own well can be.

Interesting hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pamela99, It is good for us. The water softener always leaves a taste to our water that we don't get with the artesian well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I now know more about artisan wells. I thought the water quality was good and it sure seems to be a good solution for your family. Thanks for an interesting hub.

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