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How Hard Is It To Install A Water Well In A Remote Area?

There's a huge rise in the number of people who are looking to step away from the compacted urban areas and move off to an off-grid location where they can enjoy privacy, nature, and peace. While going "off-grid" definitely has its advantages, there are also some specific challenges that can come along with creating your homestead out in the wilderness, specifically when it comes to tapping into the resources you will need to get by.

Water is a primary concern when you find the perfect location for out-of-the-way life, and it is true you can install a water well in just about any location. However, even water well drilling in a remote area can bring along some challenges. Here are a few things you should know about the difficulties of installing a water well in a remote area. 

There Could Potentially Be Higher Installation Expenses

When a water well is installed, a contractor will bring in a massive drill that is used to create a hole in the ground where the underlying water tables can be accessed. If a piece of property that needs a water well drilled is especially remote, it can pose challenges in bringing that equipment in, which in turn can mean the costs of the project can be a little higher than usual. 

There Will Be a Need for a Different Water Well Pump

If you are off-grid, it technically means you are away from the local power grid, which means no access to electricity. This is probably fine by you if this is the life you want to build on your piece of remote property, but if you have a water well, you may need a solar-powered water pump. Of course, you do always have the option of pulling water from your well the old-fashioned way: by hand. However, drawing water from a well by hand can be a daunting task.

There Can Be Problems with Environmental Interference

If the remote property you buy is part of a national land reserve, or even if it joins part of a national forest or wooded area, it may be protected by the federal government. This means that you may have restrictions to contend with if you plan to do any major digging on the property, and a water well could possibly be against the rules. Before you talk to a contractor about having a water well drilled on your remote property, make sure you find out about any local regulations that could get in the way.