Well, well, well.
Drilling a home water well could give you more liquidity – in your pocketbook.
Cost to install a well depends on many factors, including where you live, but in most regions, it runs less than $5,000.
After initial installation, any water you pump from the ground is free!
Many urban homeowners use wells exclusively for outdoor watering, and in areas with shortages – and consequent bans on non-essential watering – a ready supply of well water can do wonders for lawn-lovers and gardening gastronomes.
Water wells can also be used for drinking water, but these should be separated from any septic system by at least 100 feet. The well should be located on a level surface or uphill so that contaminants do not accumulate. If you plan to drink the water, you need to have it periodically tested.
Standard water tests check for such things as PH, hardness, alkalinity, and turbidity. Standard mineral tests include iron, calcium, manganese, copper, fluoride and chloride. Additional tests can be done for bacteria and volatile organic compounds like benzene.
On a city water system, water pressure is constant, but well water pressure can vary. With regulated pressure, a well system will likely be more efficient than hoses and sprinklers.
A licensed well/pump contractor can tell you about options to increase pressure and flow rate, including drilling a second well and connecting the two, or making the original well deeper.
Regular professional inspection and maintenance comes at a nominal fee, and is highly recommended.
Nearly 43 million households in the United States use individual or private wells to supply water in their homes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Some do it by choice, but many rural dwellers simply don’t have the option of hooking up to a municipal water supply.