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What to Know Before Digging a Water Well

When you purchase the land for your sustainable homestead, one thing it may need is a well. There may be an existing well, but that does not mean it is still operating or that it will give you the amount of water you need. This situation means you will need either a new well dug, the old well redug, or both. Before you begin the task or contact your local contractor, there are a few things to consider.

Soil Conditions

In order to have a well dug or an existing well reestablished, you need to have the proper soil conditions. A key aspect of the soil is that it must be free of rocks. In addition to being free of rocks, the soil needs to be on a medium or high water table. This will ensure there is a proper flow of water to the well and an ongoing amount of water to you and your homestead. Other aspects for ideal soil conditions may include firmness that allows for proper filtration and that the soil runs deep enough for a suitable well. 

Water Testing

Before your well can be dug, you will need water testing. This testing ensures several things. One of the key components is that the water is drinkable. The water testing will also determine if there are any minerals in the water or other issues with the water that could cause issues with your health. If you have a local neighbor that uses the same water table and has a well, you can possibly use their water as a sample for the water testing. This will depend on the regulations in your area and any specific standards your local zoning agency has.

Zoning and Permits

The zoning of the area can cause delays or other issues with your well digging. In many cases, this can be worked through and the proper permits obtained when you use a professional well-drilling contractor. The contractor can assess the area and let you know what will be required. They can then work on the permits and paperwork needed to start the well drilling for your property. 

These are just a few of the things you should consider before having well drilling on your property or before having an existing well reestablished. When you are ready to move forward, contact your local well-drilling contractor. They can perform an assessment on your property to determine if you are eligible for well drilling. They can also discuss the options available to you and answer questions you have regarding the process.