Preparing for water well installation in Missoula, MT assures that everything is done correctly and within legal parameters. While these steps are normally completed by your well services contractor, knowing them before you install a well is helpful so you know what to expect and have the proper knowledge to evaluate the company putting in your well. Here are these six steps:
- Securing permits: System demands many require a permit from the county or municipality. This is why it’s important to hire a knowledgeable contractor. If you are required to have a permit and your contractor skip this step out of ignorance, you could face fines. When you start getting estimates, ask about permits so you can assess the contractor’s experience and anticipate the expense.
- Finding the best location: Finding your well location before you build is the more prudent approach. If the best place for a well is where you planned your driveway or front porch, it is better to know this before you have a home on your land. However, not all is lost if your home is already intact. Put off any landscaping plans or additions until the contractor finds the best water supply.
- Confirm water suitability: Wells do not always produce potable water. Filtration systems can sometimes make up for this and make the water drinkable, but that is not always going to work out. Hire contractors who test the water before putting forth the construction effort. In addition to having safe water, you also want to confirm that there is enough of it to meet hygiene needs, fire control use, seasonal use (like swimming pools and car washing) and agricultural needs. You may need a second well in the future, so exploring your property fully for the best source is a good course of action.
- Choose a pump house location: Your pump house needs to be accessible for repairs, testing, treatment and cleaning. If your lot has awkward slopes, you may need to consider grading and other helpful landscaping before you build the pump house. Getting an assessment of your lot before building can help you budget more accurately.
- Planning a suitable layout: This is especially important if you are also building a septic system. Your well needs to be 50 feet away from the septic tank, 200 feet from the cesspool, at least five feet from your property boundary and 200 feet from compost areas. Wells can never be designed or built in isolation, since failing to take septic or compost into account risks contaminated water and a sick household.
- Consider other features: If your well contains hard or mildly contaminated water, you will need to add a filtration system. Sometimes, people add one anyway because they do not like the metallic taste of their well water or the minerals dry out their skin. Filtration and water conditioning systems can make water better for home use.
For reliable water well installation in Missoula, MT, call Camp Well Drilling and Pump Service. You can count on us for commercial, residential and municipal water projects!