Water wells have been dug and used throughout history. Wells are manmade holes dug into the earth to reach a fresh water supply from groundwater. Millions of Americans have private wells on their property, meaning their homes are connected to the public water supply and it’s their responsibility to care for and maintain the well system.
There are several ways to drill a private water well, but first, there are things you’ll want to consider before you start drilling. Here’s a closer look at what goes into the plans for well drilling in Scottsbluff, NE:
- The costs and benefits: Take into account the costs and benefits of drilling a water well as opposed to being on public water. Drilling a well will have a higher initial cost when compared to connecting your property to a public water supply. You also run the risk of not finding enough water or having high quality drinking water, and there are ongoing costs to pump your well water and to maintain the system.
- Where to put it: As the homeowner, take a look around your property for the best location for your new well. It’s best to have a professional well drilling company help choose a specific location where the well will be able to pump enough water. Keep in mind that you will need the township, section, range and quarters to access existing land and well records—records come from the state water department or your state’s geological survey.
- Locate previous wells on the property: You will need to request reports from geological survey records or state well drilling reports to find out the locations and depths of previous wells in the area. It’s also good to know if these wells found water or not.
- Check out topological maps: Geological maps often show the general locations of nearby aquifers and rock formations in the area. Since topographic maps show land features and elevations, they can be used to plot your well’s location.
- Talk to neighbors: You can get a lot of information from the people who live near your property, especially since many older wells have no formal documentation. They might remember where those wells were dug and how much water they produced.
- Get ready to dig: You need to hire a drilling company to install the water well, as well as get the required well drilling permits. Contact your local municipal services and state agencies to find out what permits are needed before you can start drilling and learn about any regulations associated with well drilling.
- Type of well: Consult with drilling experts about your well options. Drilled, dug and driven wells are the most common.
- Avoid contaminants: To avoid drinking and washing with polluted groundwater, be sure that your well drilling project takes place far away from potential water contaminants, such as septic systems, animal feedlots, farm animals and underground utilities. Also, your well needs to be at least five feet from structures but still be placed in an easily accessible area for maintenance. Check on the specific regulations of the state in which you reside.
Contact Luikens Well & Pump Service, Inc. anytime for professional well drilling in Scottsbluff, NE!
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