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20 Feb 2010
If you buy a Sequim home or a Port Angeles home with a private well, you’ll want to do your due diligence and review the well log originally filed with the county. There are two important numbers–the flow rate (gallons per minute) and the well depth (and the depth of the water within the well). I’ll give you the link to all well logs in the State of Washington, which are online with free access. Here is how I briefly interpreted one well log for a client:
You’ll notice a couple of key numbers on the report. The depth of 110 feet, and 35 gallons per minute! Most wells around here are 8 to 12 gallons per minute, some are 15 or even 17 (I’ve seen many in the 20s), but you only need two or three gallons (I’ve also heard 4 or 5 gallons) per minute to have plenty of water for household use. 35 gallons per minute is very rare and enough for a community well for a dozen houses. So, congratulations! It appears you have one of the highest flowing wells in the entire county.
You can see view wells logs in the area and around Sequim by going to a well log map search at:
I always thought it was strange that on well logs, which are completed by the well driller, they rarely include a street address. The true identification of the well is by a tag number on the well itself, which is also written in the upper right corner of the well log. As a practical matter, most wells are drilled before a house is built and so there is no official street address. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which well log is your well log when searching on the above link. Search by street address, and if that doesn’t work, search by well owner, and if you don’t know the original well owner’s name or no results appear, you might have to try the tax ID number, which you can get from another county website at Clallam County Tax ID Numbers. If you still can’t fine it, do what I do. I just pull up the map and zoom in on the area and then I click on the wells that seem closest to the property. Usually when you click on one of these well locations, many well logs pop up, and then you can browse through these to find yours.
This is a great tool on the Internet, and like everyone else, I love the fact that access is free.
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