I need to have a water well drilled. What do I do first?
The first thing to do is choose a water well driller. Ask a friend or neighbor that has had a well drilled. They will often have an opinion of who is best. Price comparison is also a good idea but should not be your only determining factor. Your well is one of the most important aspects of your home. In this case, cheaper is not always better. Base your decision on reputation and price. You can always inquire with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. This agency holds the licenses for all water well drillers and will have records of complaints against drillers on file. You may find a link to their website by clicking on our Resources tab.
Where is the best location for my new water well?
Your water well driller will discuss geological formations, neighboring wells and county requirements, all of which impact a possible location for your well. BEFORE your well can be drilled, you MUST register it with CCGCD. Forms can be found under the Registration tab or you may request them by calling our office at 979-732-9300. There is no fee to register your well and this is a one time process.
How long will my new well last? Wells drilled 40-50 years ago are still producing. Wells which have been abandoned have typically had steel casing issues, not lack of water. Today, wells are completed with PVC casings and should last for decades.
How deep will my well be?
Well depths will vary greatly depending on the location, elevation, and also the underground formations. A water well driller can estimate an approximate depth for a well based on local knowledge and experience in a familiar area.
How long will it take to construct a new well?
Generally it takes about a day to drill a new water well in most areas. However, unforeseen circumstances, such as weather, could delay progress.
Will my water be good?
There is no way to guarantee you will have good water. Some water may contain iron, hydrogen sulfide, other common contaminates, be hard water, or have a low pH, all of which can usually be filtered and/or treated. The aesthetic quality of water is generally dependent on the geographic location. These things can be improved with additional equipment such as some type of water treatment system. Your driller will be able to provide information on these systems.