How deep you need your well to be will depend on a few key points, including what the well is intended for and the geology of the area you are building it. If you’re trying to figure out what the depth of your well should be, carry on reading for more guidance.

How Do Wells Work?

To determine how deep your well should be, you first need to understand how they function. At various points in the ground, underground aquifers can be found. These hold the water your well will be extracting, although the amount can vary from one to another. Working out how deep you need to drill to reach one of these aquifers can be done partly by science but will also require a level of informed guesswork.

To create a bedrock well, the stone will be drilled into until a water-carrying crack in the rock is tapped. Ordinarily, these are six inches wide. A pipe is also installed all the way to the bedrock in order to make sure no surface water or debris gets into the well. A casing seal may also be fitted to the base of the casing to seal off the bedrock. As well as this, a 12-inch casing will usually be required above the surface.

Working Out The Depth Of Your Well

Establishing the depth of the well that needs to be drilled is important as it also determines the cost of the job – the deeper you have to drill down, the more you will have to pay. A skilled worker should be able to give you a reasonable estimate beforehand by considering previous work they have done in the area and making an educated guess as to how deep the aquifers will be.

Note: they will not be able to tell you beforehand exactly how deep the well will need to be or the quality of the water that will be extracted. The only way to establish the depth and quality of water is to begin the process and find out. An average household well can be anywhere from 100 to 800 feet deep. However, wells can be even deeper if necessary and may reach over 1,000 feet.

How Long Does It Take To Build A Well?

Typically, the process of drilling out the well will take around a day. The fitting of the well pump is usually also completed within a day, so you’ll be able to use your well pretty quickly.

How To Create Your Well

Building wells requires specialist equipment and expertise. It is not something that can be done DIY and should be handled by professionals with experience. If you need a well installed, we can help you. Here at Leder Water Drill, we offer a range of services, including water bore drilling, which we have over 40 years of experience in, so you can rest assured we know what we’re doing.

We have a 95% success rate at creating wells that reach a suitable supply of water and even offer a discounted rate on the rare occasion that we aren’t able to find a water supply. We can also help with dewatering, soft ground casing and bore monitoring. As farmers, we understand the importance of your well and its location, so you can rely on us to complete the job to the highest quality. Make sure to contact us today to learn more.