Whether you are a new or present homeowner, drilling a private water well can save you money by eliminating monthly water bills and providing unlimited access to your own fresh water supply. Well water often tastes cleaner and softer because it isn’t subject to chemical treatment, making it healthier to consume and environmentally friendly.
Once you have decided that drilling water wells is right for you and your family, it’s important to invest in a properly constructed well. Since location is key to your well’s performance, lifespan and water yield, you should consider having surveyors come out to map the land and determine the best location for drilling. They use special technology that detects signals generated by seismic pulses in the ground. This reveals information, such as depth, yield, thickness and water quality. Hiring professional water locators can save you from drilling a dry or low yield well, which may be an expensive mistake.
Be sure to choose a location that is clear from potential contaminant sources, like septic tanks, fertilizer storage, barns or flooded streams. Review your local government’s restrictions on drilling water wells and distance requirements before committing to a position. Also, wells should be built at higher elevations to avoid contamination. Other things to keep in mind when deciding on your well site include accessibility and potential future developments in your yard, such as sheds, garage or garden.
After planning the best location for well, the next step is hiring a licensed or certified well driller to design and construct your well. Before employing them, ensure they have experience drilling water wells, knowledge of the geology in your area, good reputation with past employers and will provide an estimate and written contract prior to drilling. Above all, choose a contractor you can trust and communicate with. Safe drinking water is your ultimate goal and you should be actively involved in the process.
Your well’s design is contingent on its intended use, the geology of your backyard, cost, materials, depth and maintenance. The investment you put into drilling water wells will show through its performance, so be sure to plan your finances accordingly. Construction time varies and depends on how deep they are drilling the well. Upon completion, the well should be developed and disinfected. The driller is required to do a yield test to determine water flow, rate at which to pump the well and depth at which to place the pump.
As a well owner, it is your duty to conduct regular water tests and repairs to your system. Wells can last up to thirty years if taken care of. If you need professional assistance finding a location before drilling water wells, contact our premier water finding surveyors today by calling 877-734-7661 ext 2 or visit wefindwater.com.