WE HAVE A WINNER! After nearly two years, 22 months to be exact, with no winners. we did indeed have a winner for our 'members only who are present jackpot.' Paul Grimes of Gainesville had his name dawn for the $320 jackpot payout. This was very befitting because Paul attends nearly all of our meetings. Congratulations Paul! In spite of what you might think Paul has an equal chance as anyone else to have his name drawn again in September. The jackpot starts over at $100 and increases $10 for each month it is not won. I wonder if Noreen let Paul keep any of that money?
We are very pleased to add new members Anne Hart, Bell FF & WP; and Jonathan Gilliam and Chris Hawker - both of Preferred Pumps to our roster. Welcome aboard to each of you!
"GROUND WATER, FLORIDA'S
MOSTY IMPOOIRTANT NATURAL RESOURCE.
HELP PROTECT IT"
TIME STANDS STILL FOR NO ONE!
HOW MUCH WATER DO WE REALLY NEED?
Approximately 45 years ago I was working up a water system estimate for a lady who was moving a mobile home into an area in southwest Alachua County. The expected water level was about 25 feet. I told her I had a one HP submersible pump that would pump as much as 1800 gallons per hour. She told me that as a child she had been a prisoner in a Nazi Germany concentration camp during World War II.
She further said the prisoners were allowed one-half liter of water per day. Since a liter is approximately the size of a quart, a half-liter is about the size of a pint. She further said that if the prisoners wanted to bathe, they had to catch as much of the wash water as they could and then drink it. So; she said she thought she could be by on 1800 GPH.
Thankfully the war ended before she and her fellow prisoners were executed.
So; we are blessed to have an almost unlimited supply of water in NC Florida. I did get the Job.
Charles Miller, secretary “Time… brings a cure to all things….”
Gen. Robert E. Lee
Quotations by Ben Franklin:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
“Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of “
Some Water Trivia Facts
By the US EPA
Water is the only substance on Earth that comes naturally in 3 forms: Solid, liquid & gas.
Water freezes at 32 degrees F., 0 degrees C.
Water vaporizes at 212 degrees F, 100 degrees C.
How much of the earth’s surface is water. 80%.
97% of earth’s water is ocean or seas.
How much of earth’s water is suitable for drinking? 1%.
The average residence uses approx.. 100,000 gallons per year.
More than 13 million US households use private wells for their water supply.
The first water pipes in the US were made from fire charred bored logs.
There are approx.. 54,000 community public water systems in the US. THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES
Prior to the 1800’s, the
Everglades, a vast wetlands area that covers most of South Florida south
of Lake Okeechobee, were known as a national treasure. In the 1930’s,
in the name of progress, it was decided to drain the Everglades. This
was done under authority of the “Swamp and Overflowed Lands Act.” The
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers had the winding Kissimmee River turned
into a straight canal that drained the Everglades and reduced it to half
its original size. Much of this area was turned into agriculture,
industry and urban development uses. In all, more than 1700 miles of
levees and canals were built.
Congress has authorized the
Comprehensive Ever-glades Restoration Plan (CERP) to fix the problems.
It is estimated that it will take 30 years to complete and the cost
could escalate to as much as $11.8 billion. It appears that it will
cost more than 10 times as much to fix the problems
As it cost
to create them. It is hoped that the redirected water will revitalize a
dying Everglades ecosystem. The Corps of Engineers and the SFWMD have
submitted the first draft on this monumental project. One problem may
be getting funding from the government.
The message here is:
“Don’t mess with Mother Nature”
FGWA Annual Convention and Trade Show, May 11-13 at the Caribe Royal Convention Center, Orlando. Phone: 888-248-7501.
NCFWWA Annual Picnic and Auction, June 15, 2017, at Otter Springs.
Wise words to live by:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6-31 GROUTING WELL AT SANTA F COLLEGE
40 years ago, it was arranged, as part of the educational program of
FGWA or its predecessor, to demonstrate the proper grouting of a well.
Al Bruce of Ocala had his company drill a 6 inch irrigation well at the
baseball field at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. The Halliburton Co.,
one of the world’s best at grouting was employed to grout the well.
arrived with a fully contained grouting operation mounted on a
semi-truck/trailer. They were to pump 100 bags (cubic feet) of neat
cement grout until it returned to the land surface. Everyone was
standing by the well to see the cement. Suddenly the crew started
packing up their equipment. Not one drop of cement was to be seen.
Fe College is only a couple miles from Warren’s Cave. I, and other
drillers have drilled into cavities from 1 to 20 feet vertical, which
I’m sure are branches of the cave. I think all of the grout went off
into one of these branches. The well is still working with a 30 HP sub.
Charles Miller, secretary pumpmanmiller @att.net or 352-374-1882
Thanksgiving, or something similar, is celebrated in many countries
around the world as thanks for a bountiful harvest. Our first
Thanksgiving was in 1621 and was held by Pilgrims and Native Americans.
In 1789 George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of thanks.
In 1863 Abe Lincoln declared a Federal Holiday for Thanksgiving. In
1941 President Roosevelt & congress had the 4th Thursday in November
enacted as a National Holliday.
One advantage of belonging to FGWA (formally FWDA)
Back in the 1970’s, my company-Miller Well & Pump Co.-was drilling a
10” irrigation well in northern Alachua Co. We had 105 feet of 10” T
& C casing driven and seated in hard limestone. We were using a
model 71 Speedstar cable drill rig. Things were going great when
something happened. While bringing the drill bit out to bail the well,
it got stuck. We tried jar bumping. Nothing budged. We tried a lot of
up pressure, the drill line, double casing line, pump hoist with double
line, and 2 railroad jacks, all attached to the drill line. We had so
much force on the drill line that we ended up breaking the ¾ inch cable.
Luckily it broke at the rope socket. What a dilemma. What to do?
Back in 1973, after the death of my father, Albert Miller, I started
going to all the FWDA(FGWA) quarterly meetings. Someone noticed and, lo
and behold, I ended up on the board of directors. Clive Frink of Tampa
was president of the association. In talking to him I learned that he
also had a 71 Speedstar rig and many fishing tools.
So, what to
do. I called Mr. Frink and explained my problem. He said he was
willing to give it a try. He sent his son Ron and a helper along with
an assortment of fishing tools. It must have been a round trip of 350
miles. They had the right size jars and slips to go down and grab the
stuck drill and in short order had it loose and laying on top of the
ground. Mr. Frink sent me a bill for $300. It saved me the cost of a
10” string of tools, 105’ steel casing, 10” drive shoe and a week’s hard
labor for two men. Several thousand dollars. That was a real bargain.
Had I not been a member of FGWA and talked to Mr. Frink, I wouldn’t
have known what to do or who to call.
I think the drive shoe was egg-shaped in the flint rock. We put a 8” bit on and completed a good well.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE. YOUR VOTE IS VITAL AND COUNTS JUST AS MUCH AS THE RICHEST PERSON IN THE USA.
VOTE ! Don't forget to exercise your right
and duty to Vote.
Vote your conscience , but please
Charles Miller, secretary
pumpmanmiller @att.net or 352-374-1882
"Tell me and I forget; Teach me and I remember; Involve me and I learn." Ben Franklin
Some of us have spent untold hours, sometimes even days waiting for
someone to return a phone call or keep an appointment. If you find you
are going to be late for an appointment, call ahead and let the other
party know. Keep the lines of communication open.
FACT: "The water we have today is the only water the planet will ever have."
future is revealed beneath our feet. All that we have wrought upon the
land will be returned to us to drink." --Jill Heinerth
"Water is the driving force of all nature." L. daVinci
"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Eleanor Roosevelt
Quotation: "A penny saved is a penny earned"
"Just because you have a dollar doesn't mean you have to spend a dollar"
"You have to spend money to make money"
About 45 years ago Gorman Co. in Ocala had a very fine sales rep. ,
Benny Buchannon. This was before there was a Gorman's in Gainesville.
One day Benny came by my shop. The only thing I needed at that time was
3/4 inch galv. ells. Benny's price was 9 cents each.
recent stroll thru Lowes I noticed the same ells (both imported) were
$2.75 each. I think this works out to an increase in price of 3055.5%.
My, how things have changed.
"The cost of greatness is responsibility."
I have never attended a meeting of the North Central Florida Water Well Association that I didn't learn SOMETHING. Morris Gary---several times over the years. He was a charter member from Anthony, Fla.
"Son, to get ahead in the world, don't just do your share of the work, do more than your share." Albert Miller---Circa 1940's
"Do unto others as you would have then do unto you" ( from the Bible ) Charles Miller, secretary /treasurer
CHAPTER 373 WATER RESOURCES PART III REGULATION OF WELLS373.323 Licensure of water well contractors; application, qualifications, and examinations; equipment identification.--
(10) Water well contractors licensed under this section may install, repair, and modify pumps and tanks in accordance with the Florida Building Code, Plumbing; Section 612--Wells pumps and tanks used for private potable water systems. In addition, licensed water well contractors may install pumps, tanks, and water conditioning equipment for all water well systems.