Tips & Advice
What is an artesian well?
An artesian well is one that doesn’t require a pump to bring it to the surface. The water is under a natural pressure that forces it up to the surface, or near the surface, where it can be collected, stored, or delivered. The water quality is the same as any other well; it is the delivery method that is different. All water testing regulations apply to artesian wells.
How long does it take to drill a water well?
How long it takes to well involves many factors. The landscape, how deep is the well going to be, and how much labor is involved, are all important considerations. That’s the bad news. The good news is it shouldn’t take more than just a few days, sometimes as few as one day, unless there are extenuating circumstances, like landscape or weather issues.
How much does it cost to drill a water well?
There is no average rate on well drilling, as they are typically billed on a per-foot basis. If a contractor has to drill through rock or other obstacles or hazards, the price goes up. Rates will vary by depth of drill, landscape, contractor rates, materials (like the actual pump), licenses, and labor and water testing regulations. If you drill a well, you are on the hook for testing the water. There are too many variables to know up front whether a well will cost $1,500 or $15,000. You have to speak to a licensed contractor who has the skill and expertise in drilling in your area to give you a realistic estimate.
How much does a water well pump cost?
The average cost of a water well pump can vary greatly, but typically falls between $100 and $1,200. There are two primary types of wells: shallow wells and deep water wells. You can probably guess which is more expensive: the deep water wells. Installation will drive that price up to $1,000-$2,400, give or take.
What is the typical lifespan of a water well?
The water supply in a well lasts as long as there is a supply of water. Water pumps, the backbone of the water well, last around 10 years on average. Households that have low to moderate water usage can have pumps lasting longer, perhaps up to 15 years or more. Heavy usage can mean a lower life span. Be aware that anything that is manufactured or has mechanical or moving parts, would have a variable on life expectancy.
Is water from a well safe to drink?
Yes, water from a well is safe to drink. In 1974, the EPA issued water safety guidelines to regulate public well water supplies for unsafe levels of various chemicals. These guidelines are for public wells only. If you have a private well on your property, you are responsible for the safety of the water.
Does well water ever run out?
Yes, wells can absolutely run dry. If your well is pumping air, you might need to hire a professional to dig deeper, or to dig a new well for you. What often happens is the water levels drop below the pump level, cutting off the pump’s ability to get you water. Since most wells are usually fed by above-ground water, they can be replenished by Mother Nature; some wells are forcefully replenished. While wells can run dry, usually it is a case of the water level dropping below the pump’s reach.