I'll try to keep this short as possible. normally our well is good. hub did a new 'system' by installing a 500 gal. underground concrete cistern...the well pumps into the cistern...another pump pumps into the house. it seemed to be great (we began by filling the cistern with hauled in water) to not 'tax' the original pump/well. ok..he put 'alarms' to tell us if the cistern is going low (which would tell us the main well is going dry) again..not a problem until we have ONE very dry month..this year it was no rain for all of Aug. and most of Sept. (the alarms have been shut off, but we have a red light indicator that tells us water is low. darn light has been on regularly, meaning we have to add water to the cistern..which he hauls in usually from his brother's house) I hope this makes sense to you. anyway....would you drill a new well (hub mentioned doing this, then keeping old well for just the garage), or would you drill deeper on the original well (which is only 180' deep)? I see dollar signs that make me weak no matter what, but digging deeper seems less painful...maybe. we're on top of a hill, and a neighbor had to dig 380' to get great water. thoughts? (again...hope this makes sense) we are having lots of snow/rain now, yet yesterday I did ONE load of laundry and the red light came on. I know it takes a while for rain to make a difference in water tables, but geez....one load of laundry! only 2 of us here, and really in an average week I only need to do 3 laundry loads.