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Well drilling costs $25 to $65 per foot of depth or $3,750 to $15,300 on average. Digging a shallow well costs $1,800 and $3,000. Costs depend on the depth drilled, soil conditions, and the well's diameter.
A water well takes 1 to 3 days to drill, depending on the depth to water, drilling diameter, ground conditions, and weather. Getting equipment to the job site, drilling, setting up a pump system, running electricity, and testing the water takes 7 days for the entire process.
There are various methods well companies use to determine the best location and depth to drill for water:
Residential water wells are typically drilled 100 to 300 feet deep, although the rule is to drill until you hit water. The proper depth to drill depends on the underground water levels in your area. Local well drillers and neighbors can give you a general idea of how deep to drill.
Winter is the best time to drill a well due to the cold, hardened ground. Wells can be drilled year around, but well companies avoid drilling in wet conditions when the ground is muddy and unstable.
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