How much water is necessary to run a household?
The actual depth of a well will depend on the volume of water encountered. Additional well casing may be required to ensure that the water supply is sufficient for a household of 4. A household of 4 people requires 250 gallons of usable water per day on an average.
What is the difference between a dug well and a drilled well?
A dug well depends on the quantity of surface water as a result of rain, snow and ice. A drilled well is supplied by water sources beneath the earth’s surface in the formation and gravel beds that have been existent for many years. A dug well is considered as a seasonal well. Dry weather in summer and frozen grounds in winter both affect the productivity of water flow.
Where should my drilled well be placed on my property?
All wells will be drilled according to the policies set out by the Department of Nova Scotia Environment and Labor which take in consideration the following boundaries - public road, property lines, septic system, building, neighbour’s drilled well and septic system.
At what stage of construction do you normally drill?
It is best to drill before the foundation is in place.
When do I call a water professional?
When changes occur in the quantity or quality of your water, call a water professional.
What is involved in inspecting my well and can I do it myself?
There are some steps you can do yourself such as: