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Old 03-02-2021, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default Water Well vs Extending Existing Water Line

We are in the process of purchasing some land and are working with the water company to extend their line. We haven't received a actual quote but probably going to be close to $20k.

How much does a well cost to drill with pressure tank and everything?

Land is caliche and black dirt. Should not have any big rock to deal with.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:43 PM   #2
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All depends on the depth and size of well. Also what County. Central Texas you can do it for under the 20k. You must have electrical to run the well also.
With the well, no monthly water bill.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:44 PM   #3
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20-25$ per foot deep
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:45 PM   #4
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Call a water well driller. They can tell you approximately what it will cost and what you’ll have.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:46 PM   #5
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380’ drilled with tank and electrical hook and 1 hp pump in South Texas ran me 15k.
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:49 PM   #6
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i dug mine my self with a 2 inch water pump 100ft of pipe a water kelly and some 3/4 air line stood in the back of my truck jetted it down 97 ft i went into about 8 ft of sand been running it for about 10 years with a pump from home depot about 400 bucks in the whole well pumps about 5 gallons a minute poor man makes things work out of necessity some times not sure where you are drilling but will help you if you want to drill it yourself
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Old 03-02-2021, 03:51 PM   #7
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if you own the property go with the line. its an investment. I went the wter well route for years. If you have great water around there ok, but in west texas it gets dry. I would go with the water line.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:06 PM   #8
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Yes we will own the land. I believe the water table is good and stable. The people we are buying from have a well and they have said they do not have any problems.
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Old 03-02-2021, 04:18 PM   #9
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I paid $15k for a 450 deep well, with pressure tank, in Medina County (which is all rock!)
water is from edwards aquifer
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:14 PM   #10
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Our ranch in hondo , a well was $45 per foot, or we could tape into a existing water line
My dad chose tapping, uncle and I ran the ditch witch and line , water district stubbed in a valve and we plumbed the rest
It’s really your choice, IMO tapping was more reliable and easy to navigate

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Old 03-02-2021, 05:18 PM   #11
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We’re fixing to a second well to our place in Lee County, even though we’re on city water. Water rights issues come up each legislative session and, although the legislature has failed to resolve them as of yet, i believe the day will come when a property owner is no longer able to tap into below-ground water without government permission and oversight.

Last we checked, it was going to cost us approximately $25K for a 600’ well. We get water at 300’, but it contains a lot of iron and other sediments—okay for livestock but not human consumption.

Suck it up and do it now while you can.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:31 PM   #12
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We’re fixing to a second well to our place in Lee County, even though we’re on city water. Water rights issues come up each legislative session and, although the legislature has failed to resolve them as of yet, i believe the day will come when a property owner is no longer able to tap into below-ground water without government permission and oversight.

Last we checked, it was going to cost us approximately $25K for a 600’ well. We get water at 300’, but it contains a lot of iron and other sediments—okay for livestock but not human consumption.

Suck it up and do it now while you can.

Pretty hard to argue with this logic.


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Old 03-02-2021, 05:37 PM   #13
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i dug mine my self with a 2 inch water pump 100ft of pipe a water kelly and some 3/4 air line stood in the back of my truck jetted it down 97 ft i went into about 8 ft of sand been running it for about 10 years with a pump from home depot about 400 bucks in the whole well pumps about 5 gallons a minute poor man makes things work out of necessity some times not sure where you are drilling but will help you if you want to drill it yourself
I tackle a lot of task. But I am not sure I would tackle this one. Hats Off to you Tiger!
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:58 PM   #14
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In my area, the water supply had a lot of boil orders and other problems, plus, it was going to cost many thousands to get it to the building. I got a well. Really good water. It was 280 feet, and the whole deal cost me 13k.
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:13 PM   #15
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Do you have to pay for the water after they bring you the line? I'd rather invest my money in something that's not controlled by someone else.
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:45 PM   #16
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You may not have a water bill with a well, but you will have an electric bill. And as for not having control, it’s a water system not nuclear launch codes. We extended a line 600 ft for our water source instead of drilling a well. I don’t have to worry about dealing with a well and the water system tests the water as required. I don’t think there is a wrong answer, it’s just priorities and how much you want to deal with something.
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:24 PM   #17
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We’re fixing to a second well to our place in Lee County, even though we’re on city water. Water rights issues come up each legislative session and, although the legislature has failed to resolve them as of yet, i believe the day will come when a property owner is no longer able to tap into below-ground water without government permission and oversight.

Last we checked, it was going to cost us approximately $25K for a 600’ well. We get water at 300’, but it contains a lot of iron and other sediments—okay for livestock but not human consumption.

Suck it up and do it now while you can.
This! Control your own destiny while you can. We have had wells since we got married 23 years ago, 3 houses, three different wells and have never had an issue other than replacing a pressure tank. Have had all the water we wanted, good tasting, Great pressure, no boiling, no issues. They will only get harder to get in the future!
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:28 PM   #18
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I got a guy in woodville tx that quoted me 6500 for up to 300' for everything. Submersible pump tank and all. Not sure where you are at but I would call around.
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:34 PM   #19
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Do you have to pay for the water after they bring you the line? I'd rather invest my money in something that's not controlled by someone else.
Yes. Would still have a monthly water bill.
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:53 PM   #20
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You may not have a water bill with a well, but you will have an electric bill. And as for not having control, it’s a water system not nuclear launch codes. We extended a line 600 ft for our water source instead of drilling a well. I don’t have to worry about dealing with a well and the water system tests the water as required. I don’t think there is a wrong answer, it’s just priorities and how much you want to deal with something.
We're you out of water during the freeze? Have a boil water notice?

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Old 03-02-2021, 09:00 PM   #21
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i dug mine my self with a 2 inch water pump 100ft of pipe a water kelly and some 3/4 air line stood in the back of my truck jetted it down 97 ft i went into about 8 ft of sand been running it for about 10 years with a pump from home depot about 400 bucks in the whole well pumps about 5 gallons a minute poor man makes things work out of necessity some times not sure where you are drilling but will help you if you want to drill it yourself
Can you give a little more detail on how this was done? What’s a water Kelley?
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:33 PM   #22
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You may not have a water bill with a well, but you will have an electric bill. And as for not having control, it’s a water system not nuclear launch codes. We extended a line 600 ft for our water source instead of drilling a well. I don’t have to worry about dealing with a well and the water system tests the water as required. I don’t think there is a wrong answer, it’s just priorities and how much you want to deal with something.
When the state begins requiring licenses to drill a water well or, worse, begins to restrict the number of wells in an area (ostensibly to “protect” the water table below but, in reality, to have absolute control over water rights) it is the local farmers and ranchers who will suffer most...by limits placed on the amount of irrigation for crops and water for livestock they have access to.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:12 AM   #23
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When the state begins requiring licenses to drill a water well or, worse, begins to restrict the number of wells in an area (ostensibly to “protect” the water table below but, in reality, to have absolute control over water rights) it is the local farmers and ranchers who will suffer most...by limits placed on the amount of irrigation for crops and water for livestock they have access to.
This is a real possibility, our ranch in Hesperus Colorado, all water is controlled by a water district, and some years people have to buy water from someone who has a unused allotments
It’s a huge mess finding water if it’s a dry winter and spring
I could see Texas heading in that direction, soon
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:01 AM   #24
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This is a real possibility, our ranch in Hesperus Colorado, all water is controlled by a water district, and some years people have to buy water from someone who has a unused allotments
It’s a huge mess finding water if it’s a dry winter and spring
I could see Texas heading in that direction, soon

Your story is a cautionary tale of which all landowners should take heed...because what you describe is coming to Texas.

Water rights issues have come up in each legislative session for years. To date, no significant legislation has been passed as nothing tenable or substantive has been proposed that the majority find acceptable.

They say that “one day, in Texas, water will be more valuable than oil.” If this is true, I want to do everything I can to see that no one stands between my outfit and our water!
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:07 AM   #25
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When the state begins requiring licenses to drill a water well....
Texas does require a license to drill a water well. You may be able to drill one on your own property with your own rig, but if you're drilling on someone else's property, the driller is supposed to be licensed.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:09 AM   #26
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Your story is a cautionary tale of which all landowners should take heed...because what you describe is coming to Texas.

Water rights issues have come up in each legislative session for years. To date, no significant legislation has been passed as nothing tenable or substantive has been proposed that the majority find acceptable.

They say that “one day, in Texas, water will be more valuable than oil.” If this is true, I want to do everything I can to see that no one stands between my outfit and our water!
Just think about T Boon Pickens investment in water rights
https://seekingalpha.com/article/244...ter-should-you
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:16 AM   #27
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if you own the property go with the line. its an investment. I went the wter well route for years. If you have great water around there ok, but in west texas it gets dry. I would go with the water line.
My thinking as well. I have a property that I ended up doing both on. My logic was that at some point the option to do one or the other could go away, water is a finite resource.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:22 AM   #28
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I'm running solar wells at my ranch they work great
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:15 AM   #29
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Texas does require a license to drill a water well. You may be able to drill one on your own property with your own rig, but if you're drilling on someone else's property, the driller is supposed to be licensed.

Good point and thank you for making the distinction.

In my case, we’re drilling on our own property and will be hire someone to do it.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:17 AM   #30
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Just think about T Boon Pickens investment in water rights
https://seekingalpha.com/article/244...ter-should-you

A VERY good point!

Unfortunately, I could not read the article without signing in, but I’ll try to search for it from another source. It looks very informative.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:37 AM   #31
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:03 PM   #32
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:09 PM   #33
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Even if you hire someone on your own property you have to get a permit from your regional groundwater conservation district.

We just had a 100ft well drilled and it cost about $8K in Central Texas.
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