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Well and Septic Questions
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Sarah    Posted 05-29-2001 at 10:24:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My fiance and I are hoping to build a home next year and are trying to estimate costs. I, being- unfortunately- the "city-girl" am lost when it comes to estimating the cost of having well and septic done. We are building in the Ottawa valley area. Any ballpark estimates out there?

JIM    Posted 02-13-2004 at 18:52:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Marc McCormick    Posted 09-24-2002 at 08:57:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Sarah, I am also about to buy a lot and build a house in the ottawa valley area. I am just trying to figure out the cost associated with septic and site prep. Wondering how yours is progressing.

Spence    Posted 05-29-2001 at 16:54:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Phil is correct.
Last I heard a drilled well in your
area will run 18-22 dollars a foot. But you can
get various prices by shopping around.
The chance you will have sulpher water
depends on how deep he goes.
Land requirments used to be a minimum of
1 acre, but since the seventies they have learned
that this is not enough. They have found seepage
beds need a lot more room, to the dismay of those
unfortunate people. So now 2 acres are required for a building permit. Better check the bylaws for your area.
I'm not far from you and sulpher water is hit at roughly 80 ft. You can get a general idea what
to expect of quality and to a lesser extent, depth, by checking with the neighbours. They
will all be tapping in at approx level of the
water table, although even that can vary in a
short distance.
I heard that Carleton place has the worst
water problem in your area, but I can't verify it.
Sulpher water isn't bad for you and takes
a bit of getting used to. My wife buys the bottled
stuff for drinking, but I take it straight from the tap. A used water conditioner for sulpher will
run 1500$, and that doesn't count an additional
one for hard water, probably another 900$(sears).
You can't buy a sulpher filter from sears, but
culligan sells them.
In spite of the sulpher, if you can
afford it go down as far as possible, especially
if your neighbourhood is well populated. In the dry season your well will have the added advantage of depth. If you choose a site on a hill for the well, you don't want to be downhill from a feed lot as this is the main source of all the e-coli problem in your area. Stay away from all livestock
operations. Another bylaw anyway.
For the septic system, you'll have to have your soil inspected for the seepage bed and you'll have to have a 6ft test pit dug for the percolation test your inspector will do. The hole is to determine where the hardpan or bedrock
depth lies and the porosity of the soil. He will then tell you as Phil indicated, how much additional sand that is required. I had a home
once that required sand for the bed. I had a birm
3ft high by 50ft by 40 I think.
If you live in a sandy area, you shouldn't need any. The inspector will want to know where your well and house is in relation to the seepage bed for safe distances.
Before you get approval for a bank mortgage, you'll need a water sample from your well. Sulpher is ignored and is not considered a health hazard. In fact most test labs won't even indicate it in the report.
It's a good idea to have all this planned out
before you site your the house. Have your well
drilled first thing but ensure it's done after any rock blasting that is required for your foundation.

Phil    Posted 05-29-2001 at 13:14:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know about your area but my guess is the prices can vary greatly depending on the area. The septic system also varies depending on how well your drainage is which will dictate how big your drainfield has to be.

When a well is drilled they put casing down until they hit bedrock. After the bedrock they just drill until they hit water. The price is dependant on how deep they have to put casing and how deep the entire well is. So much per foot for casing and a lesser $ per foot for just drilling.

With that said these numbers will probably have no relevance to your area or specific situation but when I did mine my STANDARD septic system was $2500, I'm in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In my area if you don't have very good drainage the township requires you to put in a sand mound septic system instead of a standard one and they are about $10,000.

My well was the cheapest I have ever heard, it was $950. (60' of casing to bedrock, total depth 175'). The general figure I hear alot is $2,000-$3,000 and as high as $5,000.

I have heard, although I don't have any personal experience, that a well pounder is cheaper and "can" yield more water than a well driller. The difference is a drilled well is fast, the driller is in and out the same day if he hits water. A pounder pounds in the ground and breaks the rock instead of drilling through it and it could take a week to get to a good depth. The way they could get more water is during the pounding process the rock shatters and produces alot of cracks where water close by but not directly under it can enter the well. A drill on the other hand drill right past a pocket of water 50' away. This is what I've heard but I don't know anyone who has used a well pounder. Poundes are less expensive because there equipment is old and not as sophisticated. Food for thought.


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