I am hoping someone else can relate to this problem and offer some suggestions. I think I may end up calling someone local to address the problem but I want to understand my situation a bit better before doing so. My water well is approximately 15-20 years old and over the years I have always gotten a small amount of black grit sand in the lines which requires an occasional cleaning of the screens on the lines. However, the last few days I have started getting a lot more sand and this sand is more like a white (tan) fine sand. In fact it has now gotten so bad that the hose to the washing machine which I have put a fine screen in will not even run more than a few gallons before filling and plugging the screen and stopping the water completely. My biggest concern is what has caused this change in behavior in the well. Is this a bad sign for the well itself or can it be corrected easily. I am not sure how deep the pump is sitting in the water itself. I am wondering if it is sitting too close to the bottom of the well and is stirring up the bottom each time it runs? I have been wanting to put in a water treatment system at some point to clean up my water some but I still don't think that I want my pump drawing that much sand through it. So if anyone has any suggestions fire away.