The Pros And Cons Of Installing A Water Well In Your Home

The Pros And Cons Of Installing A Water Well In Your Home

One home improvement project that has been growing in popularity over the last few years is drilling a well to have on your own land.  Water is necessary for any sort of existence on earth so we spend a lot of time and resources on trying to source it, abstract it and conserve it.  On many properties it is possible to drill a well and tap in to your very own water supply. This method of water supply is an option for the following types of households: those who want to avoid paying mains supply water charges; those who are ineligible for a mains supply water connection; or those who no longer want to buy bottled water. If you are thinking about drilling a well for your household, check out the following advantages and disadvantages associated with it first.


1. Cost

When drilling a well, a water well pump and a filtration system are required. This will require an initial investment however you will eventually make a return on your investment and start saving money. You will no longer have to foot the bill for monthly water charges.  Instead, you can use as much water as you like for absolutely nothing.

2. Financial Benefits

Both domestic and industrial water users may be eligible for certain benefits when installing a well. Check with your local authority to see if you are entitled to any tax breaks or government grants.

3. Taste

Well water drinkers claim that water from a well has a more pleasant taste compared to city-supplied water.  This can be put down to the fact that well water is not treated chemically before it reaches your house and therefore has a purer, softer taste.

4. Environment

The filtering system used for drilled wells creates far less pollution than the industrial machines that filter water on a large scale.  The filtration system of your own well also cuts down on energy usage.


As beneficial as drilling a well can be, there are some downsides.

1. No Chlorine

Although lack of treatment can give water a cleaner, purer taste, it can also leave room for harmful bacteria.  Chlorine can help to clean the water and ensure nothing harmful gets in. Without chlorine your water may be subject to high levels of iron which can discolour your laundry, sinks, baths and showers.  A way to work around this is to install your own treatment system so that your water gets treated before it reaches you.

2. No Fluoride

Fluoride is very important for your dental health.  Unfortunately not all wells will have sufficient fluoride levels however you can run a water quality test to find out.

 3. Electricity

As your water well pump needs to run off electricity, this may cause a problem when there are power cuts.  For the rare occasion that this does happen, be sure to have some sort of backup, such as bottles of water stored away.  Otherwise, when the electricity cuts out, the only water you will have from your well is whatever is left in your tank!

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