Hendy's arrived to start work on the new well. This involved a lot of digging and a lot of mess! They needed to install some new pipework, take down the old pump, install a new one and update the ancient housing of the old well. So, first things first - demolition! It had lasted an age, but it was time to say goodbye to the knackered old pump:
Jon was in his element, digging away and making a right old mess!
The black tank was a temporary water pump which they set up whilst the works were underway. And after 2 days of digging, burying and erecting the new housing for the well - it was starting to look a lot neater:
a new overflow pipe was installed and the water tested. Flowing at a rate of 9 gallons a minute(!?) we were definitely back in business:
A series of new pipes were connected up to the pumphouse. Then a new line was run over to provide a water supply for the chicken shed. The old piping was dug up here too:
Then all of the digging work was back filled:
Major surgery around the pumphouse - but all connected and flowing nicely now:
Like a scene out of the Somme in front of the caravan:
Down from the caravan to the bottom of the field:
Just a little bit further - can you see it?
Our lovely new, environmentally approved for public consumption service well:
Good job Hendy's!