3 Advantages of Drilling a Well Versus Connecting to a Local Water Supply

Posted on: 23 December 2015

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If you live in a rural area, you may have more than one option for water if you are in the process of building a home. You could either tap into a local water supply or have a well installed on your property and rely on natural resources that are available beneath the ground. While both of these routes to water supplication have their own benefits, many homeowners find that having a well is much more ideal. There are a handful of reasons why a water well could be the better choice for you out of the two options. 

Well water means long-term cost efficiency. 

When you start looking at the price of having a well installed, you may initially be a little put off by the price. After all, having a well drilled alone can be between $15 and $30 per foot, and as much as $30 to $50 per foot in difficult terrain. Installing a well may be higher in the beginning than connecting to a local water supply, but the long-term costs will be much lower. With a public water system, you are taking on a bill for the duration of usage, whereas a water well only has expenses associated with maintenance, which are much lower in comparison. 

Having a well keeps you in control of water safety. 

If you rely on a public water system, you may not know what is in your water until it has already been consumed by you and your family. Water companies do have water quality reports if you ask, but if you are like most homeowners, you won't ask until you suspect there is  something wrong with your water. When you have a well, you can keep close tabs on water quality with testing and quality reports as often as you would like, which means you will have a greater control over the safety of your water. 

Ground water is readily available just about anywhere. 

If you want to tap into a local water supply, availability may be limited and some places actually have a waiting list for people who want to connect a new water main. Because ground water is almost always readily available in most areas, you can have quick access to water as soon as your well is drilled. The only wait involved will be waiting on the water well drilling contractor to complete the process, which can take as little as a few days to complete. 

Learn more about these and other advantages by contacting companies like Hudson Valley Drilling.