While we progress to spending more and more time on our land, one thing we absolutely need to gain access to is water. There is a coop water line that runs parallel to our property and we will eventually tap into it. However, the cost to do so really struck me as almost prohibitive until we actually being building our home site.
To add, we know we want to add a well to the property for the main purposes of watering crops and livestock without the coop water expense. But that will come later. What we are trying to decide now is if it is feasible to dig a shallow well for our recreational use. I have looked at the sand point drilling (more like pounding) technique and there is some promise there.
I’ve probably watched every video on YouTube about this process and I think the sandy loam we have will allow this kind of well drilling. The part that I need clarification on is properly locating the well itself along with estimating how deep we will need to go. Perhaps this is a trial-and-error process, but It would seem to me there is a little more logical way to plan this thing out.
We do have a “creek” that runs through our property, but with the drought being what it has been it really is more of a seasonal creek that runs a little during storms and then collects shallow amount of water in pools along its length.
Any of you homesteaders out there who have drilled.dug your own shallow well, please feel free to comment or contact us about your experience(s).
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Water is gonna be a tough obstacle but essential. Having you met any of the neighbors? I would try and ask them about the depth of their wells to get an idea of how high/low the water table is. I don’t know about where you’re at but california this is private info the county can’t give out.
We’ve only met one neighbor so far and they are connected to the municipal water supply (no well). I’ll definitely talk to anyone I can out there to get their feedback on a well. Thank you for the suggestion!