cost to drill a well

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  1. pickapeppa

    pickapeppa Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure if this is the right place, but has anyone had a well drilled recently. We just got an estimate, and it seems kind of high. I just wanted to compare prices so we could judge the value. Any input is appreciated. Here is our estimate:


    Drilling $15.00 per foot Our total: $2385
    6" casing $17.50 per foot total: $2730
    5 bags of Bentonite seal total: $ 80
    Drive shoe, well cap,
    chlorination bacteria and
    nitrate water samples total $ 275
    DNR well permit fee $ 75
    3' well screen $775

    Total Total $6320

    Not included in the price is market increase in steel, access, egress, site restoration and erosion control. If the site needs a cement grout seal, another $350 plus $18 per bag charge.

    We have never drilled a well before, and it's been years since anyone we know has had one drilled. Let me know what ya think.
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We had a 5 inch well drilled 106 feet. Got new submersible pump. Plumbed into the basement with new bladder tank and wiring out to pump. They dug trench to house and backfilled it. Cost $3300 4 years ago.
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'll trade our bill for yours! We paid almost $9,000 to have a well drilled 2 years ago.
    Mickey
     
  4. Explorer

    Explorer Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well drilling costs are highly variable. It all depends upon the type of earth you drill into and transportation costs of supplies.
     
  5. backwoods

    backwoods Well-Known Member

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    We just got this estimate yesterday:

    Well permit $75
    Drill well $9 per foot
    Six inch steel casing $9 per foot
    Complete install package into house 50 feet away $1400
    Total for 250':about $4000

    Backwoods
     
  6. Beeman

    Beeman Well-Known Member

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    250 ft. x $9 = $2250 drilling and pipe would be $4500 alone plus piping to house unless I misunderstood.
     
  7. coalroadcabin

    coalroadcabin Well-Known Member

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    They are supposed to start on ours next week. It is $20/ft to drill; $26/ bag for grout; $18/ft for 6" casing $1200 for reaming (whatever that is) Bottom line price will depend on how far down they have to go and how far down they have to case. We have budgeted $15,000 for the well and are on pins and needles worrying if getting water is going to bust the budget all to h*ll.
     
  8. froggirl

    froggirl Feelin' Froggy

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    we just had ours drilled 317ft...came to almost $20,000 with sales tax. Price was comparable to another company in the area. In our neck of the woods there are only 2 or 3 drilling companies so the price is higher.
    --f.g.
     
  9. pickapeppa

    pickapeppa Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I guess that they are charging a reasonable price for the service then. Thanks, all, for your input and sharing your personal info. It's much appreciated.
     
  10. backwoods

    backwoods Well-Known Member

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    Sorry beeman I was in a hurry.I'll try again.
    250 x 9=2250
    30' of casing=270
    complete into house=1400
    permit=75
    total=3995
    Hope that explains it better.

    Backwoods
     
  11. backwoods

    backwoods Well-Known Member

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    What is your rainfall per year in virginia? I'm betting better than 45-50 inches.
    You can set up a nice water catchment system for far less than that and get better water too.Go to rainwatercollection.com.You may save a bundle.We are putting in a system for our house(2000') for about $3500.The well I mentioned in another post is for our son's house,it isn't big enough to serve their needs.Good luck.
    backwoods
     
  12. ihedrick

    ihedrick Can't stop thinkin'

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    In northern VA, I was recently quoted roughly 12,000 for a 400 foot artesian well. That included every little thing they had to do, buy, dig, or deliver. Our rain fall is normally good, but this summer was really dry and I have a 40 foot shallow well. I had to haul in water for animals and take laundry to local laundrymat to save well water for human essentials. We do have a primitive set up to collect rainwater.
     
  13. Hoop

    Hoop Well-Known Member

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    Just got an estimate for 6" drilled well approx depth 88'

    Min drilling charge for first 50' $2700
    Depth over 50 feet @ $26/foot x 38 feet $988
    State drilling permit $53
    Subtotal $3741

    Pump system includes
    Pressure tank 202 size
    Tank tee with pressure switch, gauge and ball valve
    State code water faucet sample
    All tank fittings brass copper or stainless steel, and up to 5' of copper pipe
    15' of trenching with 160# poly pipe and 12-2 UF wire
    1/2 hp submersible pump installed on schedule 80 pipe/40' cable
    8 hours of labor
    Pump system price $1900

    Total well and pump install estimate $5641
     
  14. frazzlehead

    frazzlehead AppleJackCreek Supporter

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    Alberta cost:

    180' well, drilled through clay and some rock
    pump included

    10K CDN

    But I get 36 gallons per minute, they tell me, and most in my area are 4-6 so the well man was impressed. :D
     
  15. blessedspotfarm

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    I am glad I do not live where all you guys do!! We had a replacment well drilled last month here in NC. It cost $150 for the well permit.... I called every well driller around until I found one willing to give us a contract price for the well to be dug, casing and such needed for insection to be complete. We found on company that was willing to do it in our neighborhood for $1,800 for up to 300 foot. $10 per foot there after.
    We got water at 280ft... went on to 300 ft for 12 gallons a minute... plenty for our 35 acres.... We then spent an additional $600 in supplies and labor to get the water into the house and hooked up.. Our family friend and barter pals did all the work and we used our old pump and bladder tank...

    RHonda
     
  16. Farmer Brown

    Farmer Brown Well-Known Member

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    We have very cheap drilling here. $5 per ft. 300 ft would be $1500 plus casing. FB
     
  17. tallpines

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    180 feet
    needed hydro fracture
    $6000.oo
     
  18. Jessikate

    Jessikate Well-Known Member

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    WOW - Well permits in Co are $480! $75 is a great deal for a permit!