3 Types of Drinking Water Wells


If moving to a new home that requires a water source and city water is not a feasible or desirable option, then one of the solutions is digging a private well.

1. Drilled

When a well is created by using a rotary-drilling machine or a percussion machine, then it is considered a drilled well. They can go very deep, even down to thousands of feet. Because they require the use of continuous casing, which is the lining, and have such incredible depth, they also have a lower risk of contaminants. Just be sure to have well testing Naples FL performed to ensure the quality of the water is good before using it.

2. Dug

A well that is dug or bored has a larger diameter and is much shallower than drilled wells. They are usually only about 10 to 30 feet deep and are lined with brick, stones or other materials to keep the sides of the well from collapsing. Regardless of the material used, the casing is not continuous. There is a risk of contamination due to the shallowness of the well and the water from the aquifer.

3. Driven

Driven wells are deeper than dug or bored wells and shallower than drilled wells. Like drilled wells, driven wells are cased continuously. However, they are only about 30 to 50 feet deep when completed. They are created by driving a pipe into the ground. Like bored wells, they also have a high risk of contamination due to their shallow depth.

Contact a professional when the time comes to have a well put on the property to provide drinking water. They should be able to recommend the best option and provide a testing schedule so that the quality of the water can be monitored. Keep an eye on the water for contaminants between tests to ensure the water stays clean and safe for use.