A few weeks ago we had a house fire that ruined our home and most of our stuff. So we drop back a few hundred yards to the cabin and rush like mad to finish the roof etc so we can stay in it. I really wasnt looking forward to running a water line some 700 plus feet to the cabin. I really didnt want to sink another well and have to buy a pump etc. So we have been toting water from the burned house to the cabin etc. Well bright and early this morning the electric co op shows up to start running electric to the cabin from our original homesite. They wanted to know where water lines etc may be and I told them I had none etc and left for work. I get a call four hours later from the engineer of the electric co op he is pretty agitated and proceeds to ask me "why did you tell me there were no water lines running towards the cabin" to which I reply "there isnt any" he then explains that they were planting power poles and when they got about 80 yards from the cabin they hit water that was coming out of the ground at a pretty decent rate. They called the water board to get someone out to locate the mystery pipe and by then I have arrived to find I am now the proud owner of a artesian well. Ive got a man out there right now capping it and putting a valve on it. The water was really coming out of this hole big around as a power pole. I collected some of the cold water after it seemed to be reasonable clear and let it sit for an hour to settle and it is some mighty fine water without a filter. Has anyone had any experience with an artesian well? There are a few within ten or so miles of me and most have been used since before my dads time that I know of. This water is as cold as any well water Ive had. Seems to have no sulphur or iron to it that is noticeable. Im thinking I could add a pressure tank etc and Im set for water. I commended the electric fellers for doing a fine job. I paid them for electric and the gave me water as well lol. Odd that out of the many places I would have chosen to sink a well Im not sure that ridgetop would have even been noticed by me.