Important Questions to Ask When Getting a Well or Bore Drilled on Your Property

A well or water bore on your property can be a great way to access the water you need for your lawn, landscaping, garden, farm, or livestock. It can also be good to have a well or bore on the property in case your city-supplied water is cut off for any reason. If you're thinking of having a well or bore drilled on your property, note a few important questions to ask the drilling company so you know the work gets done properly and you are able to access that water in the bore once it's drilled.

Ask if they will determine the location of the bore

Not all drilling companies will come to your property, inspect it and then determine the best site for the bore or well. You may need to determine this yourself, after having a landscaping engineer determine the right spot for your new well or bore.

However, some drilling companies will also assist with determining the right spot for the well or bore, perhaps for an added fee. Whatever the case, it's important you ask about this rather than assuming that they will arrive on the day of the drilling and do a thorough site inspection, determining the right spot for your new well, rather than simply drilling where you tell them you want the new bore located.

Ask if you need permits or approval

A drilling company will usually be able to note if you will need a permit or council approval to have a well or bore drilled; if so, they may be able to pull that permit for you. In some cases, this may not be needed, depending on your property location and size, and the size of the planned well or bore.

Ask about the pump needed

Many years back, you would need to manually pump water from a well or bore, but today's bores usually include a powered pump, to make it easier to draw water from very deep structures. Your drilling professional can usually recommend the size and type of pump that you would need for the size of bore you have drilled, either to pump water into the home and toward a filtration system or through an open faucet above the bore. This will ensure you don't choose a pump that is underpowered for the size of bore you're having drilled but also don't pay for one that is larger and more powerful than you need.