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How Much Does It Cost To Drill A Water Well?

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By Randy

How much does it cost to drill a water well on your property?

That’s the question I posed to Jerry Bonner, homeowner of an English cottage that he built for himself and his wife last year.

The home is incredible, and the landscaping they installed is on par with the home.

I’ve had several information-filled conversations with Jerry. I always have a plethora of questions for him and he responds in kind.

Here’s some info about digging a well that you’re sure to find helpful if you’re considering putting a well on your property.

water well jerryJerry has decades of experience in building feature-laden custom homes for his customers. And he was more than happy to share some of that information with me.

We both have a keen interest in architecture and homebuilding — so I always find myself imposing upon him longer than I probably should, but he doesn’t seem to mind.


Why Drill A Water Well?

I make mention of this because there was a strong need for Jerry to ensure the success of the heavily landscaped yard that he was planning. With water restrictions happening every summer in the metro-Atlanta area, Jerry knew that drilling a water well was the answer.

The well would supply all the water he would need to protect his investment surrounding his home. The well supplies untreated water direct from below the surface for landscaping purposes only.

They receive all of their home-use water from Marietta Water.


How Much Does It Cost To Drill A Water Well?

Plan on spending about $12 per foot (all inclusive) to do it right.

FYI, Jerry’s well went down around 475 feet through solid granite.

But there’s more to drilling a well besides — well — just drilling it. Your cost may be more, or less, depending on many different factors. But there’s your answer. That’s how much it cost to build Jerry’s well.

You have some options for the type of pipe to use for the well casing itself. Jerry chose to use galvanized steel. This would ensure longevity and strength to ward off rust, cracks, leaks, etc. to a much greater extent than most materials available.

TIP: Galvanized steel is a cost-effective material if you plan on keeping your well operational for the long run with minimal maintenance or problems. Each 20 foot section of galvanized pipe is screwed into one another for a solid well.

With all of the pumps, pipe, bladder and labor, Jerry’s water well came with a price tag of around $10,000.

It will pay for itself over the years and it will give the Bonners peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to worry about “Big Brother” looking over their shoulder every time they water plants.

A wise investment, indeed!



More About Drilling A Well

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some additional resources to help you drill a water well on your property: