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Question DetailsAsked on 7/3/2014

how much does it cost to have a new well dug

I am having a new well dug, 40 feet out from my house with a depth somewhere between 35 feet to 85 feet.

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Go to the appropriate link under Home in the Browse Projects area at lower left (Wells or Wells and Pumps, as I recall) and you will find a number of prior responses to this basic question. Of course, drilling cost varies by how many well drillers there are in an area (the more there are, generally the more competitive they are), if you are in an oil well/oil shale area where driller labor is impossible to come by (is causing water well costs to triple or more in North Dakota oil shale area, for instance), and type of material to be drilled - Vermont granite costs a bunch more than Oklahoma shale, for instance.

Recommendation - google for water/aquifer reports for your state/area, or talk to local water board if you have one, about aquifer trends in your area. If dropping fairly rapidly, it is a WHOLE lot cheaper to anticipate 20 or more year's drop rate and go somewhat deeper now than to deepen it in the future, at least unless you anticipate casing sleeving and put in oversized casing now to allow deepening with smaller sized casing in the future. This does not apply if you aquifer zone will be uncased, but that is pretty rare these days as most wells are cased to at least below the pump setting level to reduce the risk of getting the pump trapped by rocks falling into the well.

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