How much does it cost to drill a water well?

Updated February 21, 2017

Drilling a water well is an important step in building a new home in rural areas. Some homeowners with access to city water may choose to drill a well in order to remain more self-sufficient and pay lower fees. However, the cost of a new well can be significant. Learn what your well could cost before you drill.


The price of your well depends on how much water you'll need. According to the Montana Department of Natural Resources, most households need between 200 and 400 gallons of water per day. That means a well needs to be able to provide 10 to 25 gallons per minute. In areas where groundwater supplies are unreliable, drilling a higher capacity well will likely cost more.


According to the Fun Times Guide, drilling a well averages around £7 per foot. However, contractors' estimates vary significantly, depending on the area and the site. More difficult drilling is usually more costly. A deeper well invariably costs more, but may be necessary in areas where groundwater is buried deep.


Drilling a well has a high initial cost and can be risky because no one can guarantee the quality of the water. However, ongoing costs to operate a well are usually lower than the ongoing cost of water from a public utility.

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