Key Considerations For Drilling A Private Water Well

13 October 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you live in a rural location with no public water supply facilities, drilling a private water well is a viable option for meeting your household demand for clean and potable water. 

Drilled wells can be more than 1,000 feet deep and are drilled using powerful and fairly complicated drill rigs. These wells require the installation of casing to keep pathogens and other contaminants from less desirable groundwater sources out of the well. The top of the well casing is sealed with a cap to prevent dirt and debris from getting into the well and mixing with the water. The depth of drilled wells ensures a constant supply of potable water while the use of continuous casing reduces the risk of groundwater contamination dramatically. 

Drilling a private water well is a massive project that needs to be done right the first time. Here are some crucial considerations to make for the project to be successful.

Your Household Demand for Water 

The first and most important thing to consider before drilling a water well on your private property is the amount of water you need for your domestic use. Estimates for water needs vary from household to household. When establishing your domestic water needs, consider all current and future water use, including: 

  • Food preparation
  • Bathrooms
  • A washing machine
  • A dishwasher
  • Routine house cleaning
  • Lawn care
  • A swimming pool
  • Water fountains
  • Garden irrigation
  • Fire protection systems

Once you have determined how much water you need to meet your daily water use, contact a certified drilling contractor to help you find areas where there is a sufficient supply of water to match your daily needs.

The Location of Your Well

When it comes to water well construction, the location of the well matters. To start with, wells must be located far enough away from potential contaminant sources such as latrines, septic tanks, and leach fields. Secondly, the available drill rig should be able to penetrate the soil and rocks underneath and reach the desired well depth.

Local governments may also set specific standards for well locations, which must be met during well installation. A  well driller will know about the relevant well location standards in your area. 

The secret to ensuring a successful water well installation project is to work with a professional drilling contractor. They'll assess your needs and situation and guide you through the process from start to finish. Keep in mind that water testing is your responsibility, as it's not the drilling contractor's job to check if there are hazardous elements in your water.

For more information about well drilling services, contact a local company, like Bohs Well Drilling Inc.