Water on Your Land; What You Need to Know
New landowners that want to build on their property that has no water pipes in the area can become stressed about how to get water to their home. There are really two viable options that people can do in this situation. The first is to transport water in large tanks to your home site and store the water on your property. The second option is to drill a water well on your property for easy access. Depending on where exactly you live, and the availability of water in the area, transporting water to your property might be a very easy option.
The first thing that you need to do here is to purchase a water storage tank to put on your property for easily accessible clean water that can be piped to your home. If there is a company in your area that transports water, you can easily hire them to deliver clean water and put it in your tank on a regular basis. If there is no such company that delivers to your area, your other option would be to transport it yourself. This can be done by purchasing a large water tank and placing it on a trailer. Then driving to a local water distribution center, filling your tank, and driving it back to your home. Water tanks can be purchased at a variety of companies throughout the nation. Watertanks.com, Plastic-mart.com, and Tank-depot.com are a few companies that offer quality water tanks at competitive prices. If water transportation doesn’t sound like something that you want to deal with, drilling a water well on your property is definitely an attractive option.
There is a lot to know and to consider when installing a well on your new property. First, people should call their state water governing branch to get information on whether or not drilling is permitted in your area. You can also ask them if there are any restrictions on well size, usage, or the number of gallons per minute you are allowed to pull from your well. An additional bit of information that you may want to ask them for is how deep other wells in the area have been going. This will give you a good idea of what to tell a contractor later on. In most states, everybody that builds a well needs to fill out an application or form of some kind before you can legally drill. So, when you are speaking with the state water governing office, request one of these forms to fill out. Once you receive this application, form, or as some states call it, a “Notice of Intent to Drill”, fill out the form and send it in. Once, this form has been processed and approval has been granted, you are able to drill a well on your land!
There are two different routes that most people take to actually making their wells. The first option would be to purchase well-drilling equipment yourself at companies like hydratek2000.com, or mwdrill.com. With this equipment, you can drill and install your own wells. Or you can find a local contractor that will drill the well for you. We suggest finding a contractor that is certified by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). The NGWA certifies professionals in this field and has several classes of certification. Professional designations include Certified Well Driller (CWD) and Certified Pump Installer (CPI or CWD/PI), both of which require examinations, continuing education, and clean legal records. The Master Ground Water Contractor (MGWC) is the highest and most prestigious designation available. This designation requires at least 5 years of experience in the industry plus demonstration of superior knowledge. These contractors should be able to give you an estimate and let you known how deep they are willing or able to go and for what price. Now, with your well drilled and installed, you are ready to have plenty of clean fresh water piped to your home! For further information and phone numbers of state agencies that govern water supply in your area go to, http://www.blm.gov/nstc/WaterLaws/abstract1.html