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By Anonymous on 12/25/2005


Hi everyone,

Can anyone give me some rough costs for a well - completed? I have been told the water table in the area is at 150 ft, but they go down to 300. The land is in Tehachapi, CA.

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Dan


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By Ambryn in Santa Cruz, CA on 12/27/2005


I've heard that it costs roughly $10 a foot for a completed well, but that sounds crazy expensive at 300' deep!
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By LaTanya in Stafford, VA on 12/28/2005


Around here they are going for $5K-$6K.
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By Deanna on 12/29/2005


In some parts of Ellis County, specifically Red Oak, Texas, the water table is at 1,100 ft. One driller wanted $22 per sq. ft. -- CRAZY INSANE! The other of the two drillers that works our area wanted $100 per ft. drilled. Nothing better than someone to take advantage of you. DFW area needs more well drillers! The first guy's price was starting to sound like Christmas. Needless to say, we won't be drilling a well.


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By Bruce in Union, WA on 12/29/2005


Here in WA, the going rate is $35 per foot to drill and case the well. Then you are looking at another $4K-$6K for the pump install, wiring, permit, water test etc... I went with a cycle stop system for an additional $1K. My well was 370 feet deep, and it cost me just shy of $21K. I do get 20 gpm and good water.

Also, the best way to determine how deep you will have to go is to look at the well logs of other wells near you. For example I had one a half mile south of my property that was 80 feet, and another a quarter of a mile north that was 444 feet. Keep in mind that water underground can vary greatly between short distances.

Good luck.

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By Lori in Reno, NV on 1/14/2006


Dan,

We got a couple bids and decided we will go with Aqua Drilling, since they have done the majority of the wells in that area of Reno. The bid came in around $12K total, depending on depth. The other wells dug in that area are between 100-300 feet. If we need mud casing, it will add another $4 per foot and $750 setup fee. Our test hole has not caved in as of yet, and it has been two years of damp winters and the sides are still stable. Another aspect that can drive up the cost is bedrock. We have none on our 11 acres, but if we did, it would be an additional cost for the use of diamond bits, which I hear are pricey.

Hope this helps.

Lori

 


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By Robert in Reno, NV on 2/11/2006


We got a driller for $35/ft in Ranch Haven, NV.

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By Lori in Reno, NV on 2/11/2006


Bob,

Is that total or just the drill? Our DRILL cost is only $20 a foot, if you add the casing, sanitary seal, and the cap it is only about $32 a foot. Total drill with out mud is only $9,665.38. Who are you using and how far do you have to drill?

Lori


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By Robert in Reno, NV on 2/15/2006


Lori, the wells in north Bedell Flat are running over 500' for good water. We're hoping for 400'. The $35/ft is for everything but the pump.

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By Anonymous on 3/19/2006


Hi All,

Thanks for the replies, it's March and I am getting ready to go. I found out the cost of the well: $48/ft cased and everything; yes that's durned expensive. The well drillers in my area all made promises of $38/ft, but that did not include the casing or anything, not to mention every one of them said 'Oh, I can be there in a few months...' After talking to some of the people who used these drillers, it turns out they told them the same thing, but showed up more like 7-10 months later.

So I found one guy who said $48/ft and 'I WILL be there at the end of March' and he just confirmed with me that we got our permit and will start March 28th. The well logs are all pretty close. They say anywhere from 280-350 ft, so I budgeted for 500, just in case. Then the tank and the pump and everything will be an additional $5K, but I will be doing my own pad and getting my tank from a friend who sells them; so a 5,000-gal. tank is only $1,700. Once I have water, I can start my trenching for my footing... I'm excited - can you tell?


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By Matt in Minco, OK on 3/24/2007


My dad just got a new well drilled. It's ended up being 150 ft deep at $10/ft. That includes an 8-inch hole with 4-inch casing and gravel packed. He also purchased around 400 ft of elec. wire, conduit, and PVC and also rented a trencher, and the total was around $2,200.


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By Patrick in Lewistown, PA on 11/29/2007


I just received a bid for 300' at $4,702. That includes everything. I provide a wire for them to connect a shutoff to and a location for the interior assembly.
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By Eric in Seaville, NJ on 2/27/2008


We only had to go down 80 ft. But it was $3,200 for 80 ft with a submersible 1 1/2 hp. pump. Beyond 80 ft is $10/ft.

Eric


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