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How to Choose the Right Water Well Site

Water well drilling in British Columbia is an important service that many households, farms, and industries rely on. As groundwater is such a crucial resource for many people, it can be helpful to become familiar with how to choose the right site for a water well.

BC water well drilling contractors, such as J.R. Drilling Central Limited Partnership, have the knowledge and expertise to help pick the right site and to properly construct a well. A qualified drilling company can also advise you on estimated yield from neighbouring wells and what you may expect from your new well.

BC Well Site Regulations 

According to BC's Water Act and Groundwater Protection Regulation, a proposed well must be at a horizontal setback distance of at least 50 feet from any other existing water supply. This rule doesn't apply, however, if the existing water supply isn't being used and won't be used in the future.

It may also be permissible for a well to be built less than 50 feet away from another well if alternate specifications for the new well as prepared by a hydrogeological professional. The well driller can then submit these new specs to an engineer. If the plans are approved, then well construction can go ahead.

When alternative specifications are used for water well drilling in British Columbia, these specifications must be included by the well driller with the construction report, which is submitted to a comptroller. Working with a drilling company that understands how this system works can save you a lot of time and confusion.

Other Important Well Site Considerations


Aside from government regulations, water well drilling in British Columbia requires a few other important considerations. For one, you'll need to take into account whether the well site is adequately accessible. Low lying areas should be avoided, as should areas which would make well maintenance and repair too difficult.

You also need to watch out for placing your well too close to the property line. Your well may end up interfering with a neighbour's well, or it may become contaminated if set too close to a neighbour's sewage disposal system.

When siting a well, you need to look out for other sources of possible contamination as well. Water wells should be kept an ample distance away from roads and ditches, and from any other areas were vehicles and farm equipment may drive and park.

Finally, before jumping into well construction, some thought should be given to future development. If you have plans to put buildings on a certain site, then you may want to avoid putting a well there.

Professional Water Well Drilling in British Columbia 

Choosing a well site can be a complex task because of the many possible variables involved. At J.R. Drilling Central Limited Partnership, we would be happy to help you settle on the perfect site on your residential or commercial property, and construct a quality well there afterwards.

Feel free to contact J.R. Drilling Central Limited Partnership for a free evaluation at 1-866-711-8118. If you have any other questions, just get in touch with us online.

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