I have an old, wide water well made of stacked bricks. It's about 30 inches wide and 36' deep. It was originally used to supply water to the home as it filled with fresh surface water rather than tapping into the sulfur laden deep water wells. I understand that these type of wells allowed the water to refill the well by seeping between the bricks since no mortar was used in building the well. It's probably been allowed to remain full for a couple of decades at least and the water in it was at about the level of the surface water table which is quite high this time of year.
I just pumped out the well down about 20 feet from perhaps 8 feet or so and am now waiting for it to refill but it's taking a very very long time. In the past couple of hours it's filled perhaps a couple of inches if that.
My neighbor who has lived here for almost 50 years had a similar well on his property but filled it in when city water was provided to our properties a number of years ago. He says if I keep the water level in the well low, it will revive itself as the water continues to clear blockage created over the years as the well remained full. He says he can remember watching his well be replenished through the bricks and actually seeing the water coming in and flowing down the side of the well.
I'm wondering if anyone else has any experience in these kind of wells. I'd love to see the capacity of this well increase a lot as if it does, I can keep it low and thereby keep the water under my house from invading my basement during particularly wet times like we are experiencing now in Michigan. I can then also use the well for geothermal heat transfer when I install a new geothermal heat pump system in the house. This would present a huge saving to me over digging all those ditches or staying with propane/coal heat only as I am now.