Tired of paying the MMWD

Friday, August 1st, 2008
Water Well

Water Well

With ever increasing water rates and the constant threat of a water shortage it makes you wish you had own well.  Getting a well that produces enough water may not be as easy or inexpensive as you imagine as I learned while hunting for agriculture land for a client.

Wells are measured by the number of gallons per minute they produce.  For residential use usually five gallons per minute is adequate and even with that amount you many need to time when you water your yard.  One solution for temporary heavy usage is to have a storage tank that will fill during slack usage.

Drilling a test well usually run $15,000 a pop and it can take several tries before they hit water, if they find it at all.  Then there is the issue of well running dry.  It can happen seasonally or during low water years.  If you are in the county and that happens you need to truck water in.

I do know of someone that drilled their own well in San Anselmo.  This was in the “old days”, it was hand drilled and he only had to go 30 feet when he found an underground spring.  That sounds great, but the time being I will stay with the Marin Municipal Water District.

Warren Carreiro, Broker