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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2014

How much does it cost to install a well and four bedroom septic in orwell Vermont?

The property has the permits for installing well and septic but I need to know how much it will cost to get them and install them.

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Pay attention to clearance between septic and well (both yours and neighbors - typically 100 feet minimum), and keep septic downslope and as far away from wells as much as possible. Also, many areas have limits on how close to property lines wells or leach fields can be.

Every site is different - access, clearances, depth to bedrock, etc - and depth of wells - so get bids. Generally, areas require a Civil engineer to investigate the soils conditions to get permits - which may have been done if you have actual permits, and in which case the exact location will be show on the plans. The key is to put the well where there is water, and the septic where it does not interfere with the well clearance requirements and hopefully in deep enough soil and deep enough groundwater to avoid having to build a mounded system. Therefore, my recommendation is always to put the well in first, because if you come up dry you have to move it, which might be restricted by your septic location. So, well first, which typically runs from $2-4,000 fixed cost plus about $30-60/LF of well depth depending on rock type. Depth can be highly variable in the northewast US states if you are on hillside rather than in river valley flatlands - ask your nieghbors how deep their well were, and in most states the state water resources board or state geologist has databases of existing well depths and water quality. I know in the work I have done in VT/NH well depths ran from legal minimum (typically 30') in some areas like along the Ct or White River valleys to over 500 feet in the mountains before adequate quantity was obtained.

Then, once your well is in (keeping it hopefully within area were you still have adequate legal leach field space on your property), then the exact layout of the leach field can be determined. Leach fields with associated septic tank and piping very rarely cost less than $5000, commonly in the $10,000 range, and if on sidehill or requiring a mounded system, can easily reach $15-20,000 - and on up if you cannot fit a legal system on your property or water level or bedrock is too high so you have to go with an on-site treatment system.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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