10 more factors to consider before drilling water well besides selecting the right well drilling kit and hand well pump
Why are you considering drilling water well?
Is it to adapt with your self-sufficient lifestyle?
Or is it because you can’t wait that long for a water connection?
Or it may be because you live some place prone to natural calamities, and you want to be prepared for it.
It doesn’t actually matter what the reason may be. You can’t just start by selecting the right well drilling kit and hand pump set.
There are a few other factors to first consider:
Your area’s geography plays a huge role in deciding how you will make your well. It’s because pounding a simple point well into the earth is great for areas with high water table and sandy soil.
However drilling is a better option in hard ground areas with lots of clay.
A water professional is the best person for advice in determining which well type is ideal for your environmental conditions.
2. Well water is pure and without additives
Well water has a great taste because it is pure, and contains no added chemicals. Unlike the water you get through the public utilities, you get to decide how much chlorine to add to it.
You can also decide if you want to add other additives like fluoride to strengthen your teeth.
3. Well water needs testing
As well water is pure, it is better to test well water before using it. You need to ensure it has no contaminants, and is safe for drinking.
Water testing is relatively cheap in most areas. Your cooperative or local realtor will be able to direct you on whom to contact for water treating.
4. You are responsible for water contaminants
You are responsible for determining if there are dangerous elements in well water, and then arrange for its appropriate treatment. It is in fact better to have the water first evaluated before drilling water well. You don’t want to spend so much time, money and effort drilling a well only to find out the water isn’t drinkable!
5. Two hand well pumps are better
You will most likely install an electric pump to pump your well water. However these pumps need electricity, which may not be present during natural calamities. That’s why it’s better to install a second hand well pump that can be used it in emergencies.
Most wells in the United States run between a hundred and five hundred feet deep. The depth is ascertained based on various factors, including your geography and how you will be using the well.
7. Nearby chemicals and toxins sources
Don’t forget to consider the location of any nearby potential chemicals and toxins that could leach into your water supply. You don’t want to drill your well in a spot near some place where leaching of contaminants is very likely.
It’s thus better to avoid areas with things like agricultural fertilizer, production facility or septic tanks nearby.
8. Slope and gradient
You have to consider your property’s slope and gradient before selecting a safe spot for your well. It means that it’s better to drill your well someplace uphill from any potential downhill contamination spot.
One solution lies in having your property graded and sloped through a contractor. It may take time, but is worth it.
You can this way drill your well someplace where there is minimal risk of well contamination.
9. Surrounding wells
Remember that your well’s water pressure reduces if you drill your well someplace with nearby wells and bores. This can in turn lead to pumping interference.
Besides, your hand well pump will have to work harder to make up for the reduced pressure. It in the long run leads to its early damage and potential repairs.
The best way to avoid all this inconvenience is by shifting the well to some place away from nearby wells and bores. It ensures optimal water pressure from your well, with minimal pump interference.
10. Power source
You will have to decide on a power source for an electric pump, which gives another reason to opt for a hand well pump. The cords running to an electrical source can be an interference and dangerous.
You may alternatively opt to have a generator power the electric pump.
If this is the case, it comes with the additional responsibility and task of constantly filling it with fuel as required.
These ten factors show that there’s more to consider while selecting your drilling spot than the right well drilling kit, and hand well pump.