Drilling a Well
AYOU’RE NOT ALONE in your interest to live off the beaten path. Many timber home owners do. It’s not uncommon to either have no access to public water, or you discover that hooking up to a municipal line will be so cost prohibitive you want to find your own water source, and that means a well.
Start by contacting your local or state government. Some states require a well permit, and, in some areas, a representative from the health department has to choose its location. It’s important to situate the well away from possible contaminants but in a spot that’s easily accessible for maintenance. Unfortunately, until your well has been drilled, it’s impossible to know the quantity and quality of the water.
Next, find a licensed and certified contractor to drill your well. After he’s finished, you’ll know the depth and quantity. You’ll need a pump to extract the water and push it through your pipes and into your home. The type of pump you’ll need depends on how close to the surface the water table is. Less than 25 feet requires a shallow pump that’s placed outside the well housing. A submersible deep-well pump can be used as much as 300 feet below the surface.
Test the water to confirm it’s safe to drink (there are purifiers and filters that can make it potable if the ground water, on its own, isn’t). Also, it’s a good idea to test your water annually and to check the exposed areas of the well to ensure everything is in good working order. Be sure to record all repairs and maintenance for future reference.