Choosing a Water Well Site for Your Next Project

Worker drilling for a water wellWater wells are usually used by households and businesses as their main source of water. The water in wells is clean and potable and is a more cost-effective solution to getting safe drinking water.

You should always ask a professional to do the drilling for you, but there are certain guidelines you could follow when choosing a site for your well. Talking to a reputable well driller is important to make sure you are making the right decisions.

Check for Sources of Contamination

Your well should not be near any source of contamination, as this can easily affect the quality of water and can be dangerous when ingested. Call your local county health officer and ask for a list of contamination sources around your area. Some may include stockyards, septic tanks, petroleum tanks, manure stocks, fertiliser storage, and more.

Ask your health officer what the safe distance is between your well and the contamination source to make sure nothing will get in the way of your project.

Do your Research

Look for articles online about drilling a well in certain areas. Know the dos and don’ts, ask your local contractor, and learn from the experts. You should learn about existing wells in your area and become familiar with your region’s basic hydrology.

Ask your neighbours about their own wells and how deep those are or talk to a local water testing laboratory or a university hydrologist. The more information you can get, the better.

Look for the Highest Ground

The highest ground is usually the safest area to build your well in, as groundwater flows downhill all the way to the discharge locations, such as lakes and rivers. This will make your well safe from contaminants and hazards, such as sinkholes, farms, ranches, septic systems and landfills.

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Drilling a well in your premises is a good way to get an alternative source of clean water. It’s always best to do your research, ask around and hire experts to make sure your project will be successful.