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bore or drill a well?

We need to "dig" a well on a farm to be use for a home and spray tank filling, no livestock.  The question is should I have a well bored or drilled?  A bored well is a 30" bore that will need to go down 50 to 150 feet.  A drilled well will be a bore of 6" and may go down 600+ feet in our area.  The bored well would be cheaper but may vary   with the water table.  Anyone have some experience in this matter?

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Honored Advisor

Re: bore or drill a well?

That is something you need to ask your local well drillers about because there`s alot of variables even within a county.  But how many gpm are you thinking?

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Senior Contributor

Re: bore or drill a well?

You need to check with neighbors about local water table. perhaps a livestock producer that uses a lot of water. My well in NC iowa was drilled 169 foot and served a sizable livestock enterprise.  I had alarge hydrant installed at the well site so I could fill a thousand gallon tank quicker for spraying.

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Re: bore or drill a well?

May want to research contaminates too. Type of water in shallow vs deep well, hard water etc.
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Senior Contributor

Re: bore or drill a well?

Just got back from a 8 day trip to PA. No computer. I did talk to a well driller who can drill or bore the well,   He said if I get lucky I can hit good water at 200 ft but most drilled wells will be 600 ft in my area.  The home farm well here is 770 ft with the pump down to 440'.  Cost my Dad $10,000 back in 1969.  Has been a very good well.  I'm just trying to save a few bucks but maybe to be safe, a drilled well will serve the need for generations to come.  Don, you have a very good well.

BTW Saw a lot of water standing in the fields along I-80 in NW Ohio, Ill, and some in eastern IA.

Cover crops sure "green-up" while I was gone.

 

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Re: bore or drill a well?

Thought I'd give an update on our well.  We went ahead and had a 30" well bored down 65'.

Plenty of water so far.  A drought Summer will be the real test.  I did have the water tested, it was hard (30), nitrates (1) and bacteria (0).  A well known well driller from eastern Iowa did the job.  Cost me around 17 grand to get the well bored and  water to the house.  A little more than I expected.   

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