Understanding The Water Well Installation Process

Many residential lots in rural areas or county islands do not have access to a municipal water source. In this type of situation, a water well must be installed in order to supply a house with all of the water that is needed. If you are planning on building a house on a lot that does not have access to a municipal water source, water well installation will be very important. This is something that you will need to plan for before construction on your home can begin. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect when you have a water well installed on your lot.

Hire a Water Well Contractor

The first step in having a well installed on your lot is to hire an experienced water well contractor. It is in your best interest to take your time reviewing your options before you sign a contract. Water well contractors must be licensed-- you should be able to find a list of licensed water well contractors in your state on the internet. Meet with several experienced well contractors to discuss your project and to receive price quotes.

Select a Location for the Well

After you have hired a well contractor to install your well, the process of selecting a location for the well will begin. Choosing the right location is imperative in order to ensure that your well will be able to supply an ample supply of water for many years to come. Your water well contractor will run a series of tests to determine the best spot to install the well. If your lot also requires a septic system for waste management purposes, you will need to know where the septic tank and drainfield will be placed. In order to prevent contamination, your well will need to be installed away from the septic tank and drainfield.


Permits are typically needed before a well can be installed. After your water well contractor secures the proper permits, the drilling of your well can begin. The length of time it takes to drill the well will depend on how deep of a well you need. Once the well is drilled to the proper depth, a pump will be installed and the pipes that will connect the well to your home's plumbing system will be put into place. Upon completion, your newly installed well will be able to provide all of the water that your household may need. 

To learn more, contact a resource like Eckmayer Inc.