If you're considering having a well drilled on your property, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. After all, the idea of obtaining your water from below ground is a bit intimidating and so is hiring contractors to orchestrate such a big project. To help get you started in the right direction, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about well water systems.
How do you know if the water in your area is safe?
There are areas where the groundwater is contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins, making it unsafe to drink well water. To find out if the groundwater in your area is likely to be safe, contact your local health department. They generally conduct testing on groundwater from time to time and can give you the results of the most recent tests.
If the tests from the health department don't indicate unsafe groundwater, then it's time to go one step further. A water testing company or well drilling company can come out and sample your water, specifically. It should only take a week or two to get the results back.
Where can the well be placed?
In order to determine your options for well placement, your well drilling company will need to survey the land and figure out which areas will be the easiest to drill. Generally, you can count on lower spots in your property being better locations for wells than "uphill" locations. Keep in mind that, especially if you have a small piece of land, you may not have that many options for well placement -- so be open minded and willing to plan the rest of your landscaping around this necessity.
How much will the well cost?
Costs vary widely between areas, but as a rough estimate, you can expect to pay around $22,000 for the entire drilling operation. This would include the cost of actually drilling the well, as well as the cost of the pump system and building the water line to the house. Keep in mind that if your well needs to be drilled extra deep or is located far from your house, your costs may be higher. Most companies bill for well drilling and for laying water lines by the foot.
To learn more about the process of having a well drilled, call a well company in your area. They can give you a better idea of what type of pump system you need, where your well can be placed, and what the whole project may cost.