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Question DetailsAsked on 11/20/2015

Cost to install system with well for .25 acre home

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Depends on depth to water, amount of water you need, overburden and bedrock conditions, etc. A very shallow well can sometimes be dug with a backhoe and use a simple surface jet pump so the entire system (assuming fairly short run to house) can run just a couple thousand $ in the simplest case.

Add in one or more of deep groundwater, treatment system needed, long power run (or upgrade needed to power pump), long run to house, deep frost protection, etc and you can quickly get up into the $3000-5000 range, and in extreme cases tens of thousands to as much as $100,000 range for extreme depth, poor water condition wells in some western states and oil/gas field areas.

"Normal" cost for a relatively shallow well (say under about 50 feet) is generally in the $5000 range, plus any needed water treatment equipment or storage tank, so total bill for 50-100 foot well and system is probably generally in the $5,000-10,000 range complete.

You could ask neighbors what they paid, and who they used and how they liked them. Be sure to do all necessary permitting too, including documenting distances to adjacent wells, buildings, and septic systems with survey so you don't put in a well that is legally unusable.

Also, pay attention to leach field and well separation - varies by area, but in general your well location within a small lot is more flexible than the septic, so commonly it's location is investigated and tested first first to be sure you get a spot it will work economically (leaving adequate clearance for well), then put in the well after that. Be sure to pay attention to not only YOUR septic system, but also neighbors - and in some areas you are required to keep it a certain distance from property lines too so neighbors can put in septic and well in the future too, so make sure to check ALL local and state requirements - they commonly have info sheets on their websites, and some areas require permits and inspections too.

And of course make sure you have groundwater rights too - not all properties do, or you are limited in your depth or draw or which aquifers you can pull from.

And of course, this does not include septic system - which hyou should get property tested for BEFORE drilling well, in case it turns out your land cannot support a septic system or will need a very pricey raised bed system.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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