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Well Done: A Beginner's Guide to Planning and Maintaining a Personal Water Well

While many people dream of having their own residential well, that type of project can become extremely complicated if you aren’t careful. Luckily, with a little bit of planning and some regular maintenance, you can ensure that your new well will continue to operate for many decades to come.

Research Groundwater in Your Area

The very first step in this process will be spending a little bit of time researching the groundwater in your area. Well before you dig, you will need to figure out the depth of the local water table or the location of the closest aquifer so that you know exactly how deep your well should be. You must also figure out what types of ground contaminants are in your area and what can be done to avoid them.

Permits and Drilling

The next step in this process will be checking your local codes to see if a permit is needed. In some areas, the office that supplies drilling permits will also provide locals with underground maps that show the locations of power lines, old cisterns, septic tanks, and other objects that must be avoided. Once you have the permits, you can then hire a company to drill or drive the well.

Invest in the Right Equipment

Once the well has been created, you are going to need a few key pieces of equipment. One of the biggest investments is going to be the pump, and you should take a look at a handful of high-quality residential water well pumps before you make a decision. Residential wells usually also require holding tanks, filtration systems, and durable piping.

Proper Maintenance

Properly maintaining your well is going to be extremely important in the coming years, and you should come up with a comprehensive maintenance plan before you turn your pump on for the first time. While you can visually inspect the well on your own, you will probably need to hire a certified professional for annual service calls as well. During those calls, the contractor can test the pressure of the system, determine your water levels, and check for any signs of bacteria in the water.

After your new well has been drilled and is producing water, you should contact your insurance provider to better understand your coverage. You might need to add a rider to the insurance so that it covers your pump and the rest of the equipment.

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