Secure the Water First, Buy the Land Second

Teisha Vandekop, Well Water Finders
Featured Water Professional

Land sales are booming right now and there’s a migration trend of more Americans moving to rural communities. But while reliable Internet access appears to be a deciding factor for those considering purchasing a piece of land to build their dream home, most prospective landowners don’t realize they have to figure out how to get water to their property.

If you’re considering buying a 3, 5, or 10-acre tract of land, you'll need to find out if it is served by a water utility before you make your offer. If a water utility does not serve the area, you're going to be drilling a water well or developing a spring. The average rural water well in Texas for example, is about 600-feet deep. To drill down to that level, the average cost is between $16,800 and $37,200.  However, if the driller hits a dry hole and there’s no water, you’ll have to try again in another spot. And perhaps again, continuing until you find water. This can get very expensive as you’ll pay for each attempt, even if the driller finds no water at all.

Here’s why groundwater location services such as Well Water Finders are important. By calling us first, we’ve helped numerous customers save money by preventing these “dry holes.” How? Our customers share our reports with their water well drillers. Our reports include geo-location data, along with the depths and potential volume of groundwater that each surveyed acre provides. So, the driller starts their work at the general location we’ve detected water, and they drill down to the depth where our data says the groundwater is most likely abundant. This collaboration helps reduce the number of attempts by drillers, helping our customers save money.

Groundwater location services also help prospective land buyers determine if they want to proceed with the purchase at all. We recently helped a woman in Texas who was considering starting a business on a 10-acre piece of rural farmland. We analyzed 4 acres, spread out evenly across the property, and determined that she would have to drill to 900-ft. to obtain water that was only enough volume to support a house; there really wasn’t enough volume to support a large-scale business development. Thanks to our patented technology, the Well Water Finders were able to help provide this prospective land purchaser with data about groundwater at the site, enabling her to make decisions about the future of her business idea, without spending thousands of dollars on drilling for water that would not support her venture.   If you’re interested in learning about our process, please visit our portal and watch our video.

So now you understand why groundwater location, in addition to reliable Internet access, is a must-have when considering making a land purchase. Another important “need-to-know” is your prospective community’s Neighborhood Environmental Hazard Report. Learn about potential contamination and environmental issues from 300-ft. up to 1-mile from the address you’re considering purchasing.

Additional Considerations:
Well Water Finders provides its customers with a Final Report that identifies the location and depth of any water underneath the evaluated areas of the customer's property that they can share with their water well driller. However, please note that Well Water Finders cannot guarantee the flow rate achieved if a well is drilled to the identified water. Well flow water rates depend on several factors, such as the type of subsurface material being penetrated, the well pumping equipment, the speed with which the subsurface water regenerates, and the amount of water pumped by other wells in the area, among other things.

Well Water Finders serves Texas and is a member of the Texas Ground Water Association. In addition to Well Water drilling, they also conduct Oil and Gas Surveys. Visit their website to Learn More.

More Information

If you are located in Pennsylvania or the northeast portion of the USA, you may find the following websites on groundwater quality and hydrology and the water cycle interesting. 

Learn more about Neighborhood Environmental Reports.

Once you’ve located your well water make sure to Get Tested. In the event you discover an issue, learn more about how to Get Treatment