Water Well Drilling: 4 Things Every Project Owner Should Know

Suppose you have used municipal water at least once in your lifetime. In that case, you may understand why you would want to choose to supply your home with healthy, chemical-free, unfiltered water and simultaneously cut monthly utility bills by drilling private water well on your property. And to make the deal even sweeter, a water well increases your property's value when you finally put it on the market. But, before you go searching for a water well drilling company for your project, you should know the following:

1.       Water well drilling should be left to the experts

If you are not a trained and experienced well-driller, don't attempt to DIY the project. It is sensitive, intricate, and requires machines like drilling rigs, which only drilling companies have at their disposal. Not to forget that well drilling can be hazardous, especially in areas prone to sinkholes. Fortunately, well drilling technicians know how to test an area's suitability and have the gear required to optimize safety. Besides, since most of them are also experts in maintenance, they are better-suited to provide essential water well maintenance tips and advice. 

2.     Your water well will need protection from contamination

According to experts, drilled water wells have the least susceptibility to contamination. However, that doesn't mean they are foolproof. They, too, can be affected by contaminants like microorganisms such as parasites and bacteria, chemicals present in wastewater and fertilizers, and heavy metals leaching from your plumbing system. That is why you need to protect your well. You can do that by keeping all chemicals away from your well-house, disposing of motor oil and other chemicals accordingly, and sealing the wellhead with a sanitary well cap.

3.       Water wells have variability across different regions 

The amount of water in a drilled well is influenced by numerous factors. First, since underground water sources are fed by infiltrated rainfall, the amount of precipitation in your area is likely to affect water availability and abundance. Therefore, expect more water supply during the rainy season. Moreover, when it comes to how much water is readily available in the well's casing, the depth and diameter of the well are primary determiners.

4.       Some cities regulate water well drilling

Most states have specific regulations concerning water well drilling. For instance, in Alberta, such projects are regulated under the Water Act. In most cases, water well drilling regulations stipulate minimum requirements and standards for drilling, modifying, and abandoning water wells. Since failure to comply is unlawful and leads to legal issues, professional drillers can help you research and understand the regulations that apply to your state and region before the project kicks off.