What to Expect If You Are Having a Water Well Drilled

8 October 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Drilling a water well is a complex process. So, if you've made the decision to hire a professional, you've made the best choice. However, just because you don't plan to perform the service on your own, does not mean that you don't have any questions of your own. Learn some helpful bits about the process that can help you prepare and keep you in the loop about what's going on.

Site Planning 

Wanting to have a water well drilled on your property is one thing; knowing where to dig the well is something entirely different. The first part of the drilling process typically begins in the form of site planning. A drilling contractor will inspect your property to determine where the best location is for the well. 

The proximity of the well to your water source or other structures that need water is one factor that will be considered. Not until the driller is confident they have found the best location for the well will the process continue. 

Land Preparation and Drilling

Even once the ideal location for the water well has been selected, the drilling process may not begin right away. Drilling contractors typically must perform some land preparation first. For example, the drilling technician will determine what type of drill bit is necessary to break through the ground based on the type of soil in the area. 

A part of the preparation will also involve determining what the strata and reservoir of the well need to be based on the land. Only after the site has been properly prepared will the actual drilling process begin. How long this step takes varies on many factors. The drilling company will be able to provide you with an anticipated timeline. 


Once the drilling process has been completed, keep in mind that you may not be able to use your water well right away. With a water well that will be used for the purpose of serving drinking water or other household uses, it's essential the water be tested first. 

The testing may involve flushing the well's lines and testing the quality of the water that comes from the well, as well as checking for leaks. It's not uncommon for this testing to be performed over the course of several days to ensure the results are accurate and that the well is safe. 

Contact a drilling company, such as Bohs Well Drilling Inc, for more details about what to expect from the process. The company will also be able to provide you with further details on how to prepare for the drilling activity.