If you’ve recently purchased undeveloped land or are considering doing so, you may be wondering how you will get water to your property. Rural property owners have a few different alternatives to consider. Here’s a rundown of your possibilities.
Municipal Water Systems
The availability of municipal water systems varies based on your location. If you live near the city limits of a city, start by contacting the city’s water department to find out if you can hook to their systems.
Next, contact the county to determine if there is a county-operated water district available to you. If there is neither a nearby city or county system, then you will have to proceed with one of the other alternatives discussed here.
A Water Well
You can also dig a well on your land. In fact, wells are probably the most common solution for water in rural areas. Once you have dug your well, a submersible pump is one way you can draw up the water that you need from the well. One of the advantages of having your own well is that you are in control of the water quality. There are many filtration systems, holding tanks, pumping systems and other equipment that you can use to bring fresh, high-quality water on to your property.
In order to locate the best spot for your well, you can dig test holes at least four feet apart that are five to seven feet in depth near dried up streams, ponds, or river beds. Even if there is no water running above ground, it’s likely that there is fresh groundwater not too far below the surface. You can hire a professional water locator if you don’t want to do all that digging. A professional will use seismic equipment designed to locate water underground. Many of the services that drill wells will also offer water location services.
Though bringing water to your rural property can be challenging, that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible or that you don’t have multiple options. There are a few ways to obtain water for rural properties. In addition to municipal water systems or wells, you can obtain water through rainwater collection systems, cisterns, streams, rivers, ponds, and springs. If you are struggling to figure out which method is best for your area, it may be in your best interest to consult an expert.
Your alternatives will be limited by the features of your property and its proximity to local municipalities. Whether you choose city water, a well, or another method of collection and storage, improving your property by adding water is an investment worth making.
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