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The Do's & Don'ts for Placing Domestic Water Well On Your Property

Consideration #1

The government tells you where to put the well. "Just Kidding." However, the following chart displays the required distances the well must be from a particular object/structure:

 
MINIMUM DISTANCE IN FEET - (New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act NJAC 7:10)
 
Component
Bldg Sewer
Septic Tank
Distribution Box
Disposal Field
Sewage Pit 
Dry Well
Cess Pool 
 
Well
25
50
50
100
150
50
150
 
Water Service Line
5
10
10
10
10
25
 
Suction Line 
25
50
50
100
100
50
150

Consideration #2             

Present Accessibility
Present & Future Accessibility. The well location picked has to be accessible for a truck mounted air rotary drill rig. Some locations require extensive earthwork for rig accessibility. Therefore, monetary consideration can come into play in picking one location in lieu of another.

Future Accessibility
Anything mechanical will eventually fail. Unfortunately, the submersible pump in the well will not last forever. When the pump fails, it must be removed from the well and a new pump installed. In some cases, a pump service truck (1 ton pick-up truck) is required to remove the pump. Therefore, the well must be accessible for future service equipment.

Consideration #3

Drilling the Well in "Hard to Find Water Geological Formations":    If during conversations with your builder, drilling contractor, future neighbor, you hear; the wells are really deep in this area; it might be smart to solicit the services of a certified geologist/hydrologist to make sure that the optimum (water finding) location is chosen.

In Summary

In reality, most locations are chosen by the company completing the plot plan with the main considerations being distance from septic system and house. However, when you see that dot or circle on your plot plan marked "well," please keep the aforementioned considerations in mind.

 

 

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