Are you thinking of having a well drilled on your property? Becoming self-sufficient is a great idea, but it’s a lot more complicated than just drilling a hole and hoping to hit water. It’s a good idea, but not one that can be done right away. There are a few steps you need to take to make sure everything goes smoothly and your well is drilled, tapped and built correctly.

Determining Your Water Needs

Before calling a bore drilling contractor, estimate your water supply requirements first. Consider not only the daily water usage, but also any seasonal changes/fluctuations (i.e. watering the garden/lawn, washing the car). It also helps to be forward-thinking by considering emergency uses, such as fire protection.

That said, how much water is ‘enough’? Ideally, a typical home requires a well that can dispense about 7 gallons of water per minute. Anything below this level is considered inadequate and would probably require third-party assistance like an alternate storage system or connection to the your local councils main supply

Documentary Requirements

Are you certain that building a water well is allowed in your locale? If not, this is your next most important step. Do some research and find out if your well project requires a permit to build. Obtaining planning permission is a critical step to ensuring you aren’t breaking the law or have to face legal problems. Ensuring that you are cutting though all the necessary red tape is important.

Location, Location, Location

There’s almost always groundwater underneath the land. The only issue is that it might not be enough to sustain an entire household. A there are a number of scientific methods is used to locate large-enough aquifers (groundwater storage) by penetrating rock layers beneath the soil surface. Fractured rock layers make for better well drilling sites than non-fractured ones.

These methods, however, aren’t necessarily meant for DIY scenarios. Only professional surveyors with training in aerial photo analysis and hydrogeology are qualified to locate the right place to drill. If you’re intent on having a high-producing well on your property, inform the you’’ need to have your property surveyed before you get the drilling contractor in. Some drilling contractors actually offer this surveying as part of their services so you may be able to get this done by your driller.

Shop around For Contractors

Again, you can’t possibly dig for a water well on your own. There’s a host of professional drilling services to choose from, but make sure you choose one that is right for you. The contractor that offers the cheapest price is not always going to be the best deal. Look into additional services they offer such as surveying or site construction. These service my cost more, but it will give you access to additional expertise and advice that you wouldn’t otherwise have.

Getting quotes is simple and usually free, allowing you to get multiple places to give you a cost breakdown. Remember to not always go with the least expensive option; like in building a house, you get what you pay for. But in the end the decision is up to you and what you feel presents the most value.


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