Originally Posted by sinistersixguns
I recently moved to a new house out in the country and would like to have a well put in/dug. It isn't cost effective for me to water livestock/water the yard and garden with my rural water. Anybody have any ideas about basic costs and requirements to get this project completed?
It depends how deep they need to go as to the cost to set the well. Then depending on the quality of the water they hit will depend on whether you need to treat it or not.
We have two wells on our property, both put in before we bought the place.
One of our wells is not in use, they didn't go deep enough and hit some stinky sulphur water.
The second well has the best water I ever tasted. I used to drink it untreated, but discovered the water is fairly high in mineral content. I recently installed a water softener ($400 for a high usage model) to reduce the mineral content - the water was great, but over a short period of time (3 months or less) all the sinks, bathtubs, toilets, shower stall etc would get a build up of calcium that was thick enough to be broken off in large pieces. The water softener fixed that.
Next I discovered the garden sprinkers, automatic watering troughs, would stop working after 6 or so months - I found the water softener removed calcium but not other sediment. So I installed two sediment filters ($40 each), one filters the water going to the house and other the water we have out to the pastures.
We have a reverse osmosis system I installed under the kitchen sink ($299), that makes the water virtually 100% pure (which results in it having no taste) - I prefer the water from the faucet, but better still the water from the pasture faucet which is just fresh out of the ground.
So, like I said, it can be a little more than just digging a well and getting your water. It may or may not need treatment to ensure your not replacing plumbing due to the water quality. The figures I quoted are for DIY, and not for having them installed for you - all are very easy to fit yourself though.
Don't forget to install a backflow valve if you T in to the cities water supply with your well.