3 Considerations When Choosing A Water Well Location

5 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Did you recently purchase property that's not connected to the municipal water lines? Perhaps it's secluded or remotely located? If so, you probably need to drill a water well on the property. There are plenty of services that can handle the water well drilling for you. However, before you start drilling, you'll need to find the right location. That can be a tricky process. Obviously, you'll want a location that yields a significant amount of water. However, it's sometimes impossible to know how much water a location will yield until after the well is already drilled. Besides potential water yield, here are three other important considerations:

Is the area flat or sloped? If possible, you want as flat an area as possible. The reason for this is that a sloped location could place excessive pressure on one side of the well. Shifting soil and water runoff on a slope could make a well unstable. If one side of the well has to withstand too much pressure, that well could eventually crack. Cracks in wells can lead to unwanted additives, like iron and bacteria. If there are multiple cracks, the well could eventually collapse in on itself. 

Wells in flat locations don't have to withstand as much downward pressure from surrounding soil. The flatter the location, the more stable your well will be.

Is there anything above the location? Your drilling company will use very tall booms to drill your well. That means you need a location that has no trees or power lines overhead. This is important not just when the well is initially drilled, but also in the future. If the well is ever damaged, your well maintenance company may need to bring tall booms and cranes back out to your property. That means that the location needs to be kept free of overhead materials in the future. If you think you may want to plant trees or build an addition in that area, then it's probably not a suitable spot for a well.

Is there room to increase the well's diameter? You shouldn't try to squeeze the well into a tight location. This is because the water well drilling company may need to increase the well's storage capacity once they have a better understanding of the location's water yield. If the location is low-yielding, you may need a larger-diameter well that can store more water so that you have water available at all times. If your well location is tight on space, your drilling company may not have the flexibility to make that decision.

Talk to a water well drilling company like Field Drilling Contractors Ltd about other factors that you should consider. They can come out to your property and help you locate the best spot for your well.