The Cost of Drilling a New Water Well

Drilling a new well is not a cheap thing to do these day’s and a dry well can be very expensive. First of all there are 3 different methods of drilling we us here in Southern California.

Air Drilling Method – When your property is in the foothills and mountains you are most likely going to have an air drilling well. Out of the 3 different methods of drilling, drilling by air is the fastest and the best deal by far. Here are your average costs involved in a 500 foot well:

Permit $600.00
Mobilization & Demobilization $2,500.00
State Seal & Steel Casing $2,500.00
Drilling @ $22.00 per ft. $11,000.00
4 1/2″ Screened PVC liner @ $8.00 per ft. $4,000.00
Total 500 ft. Drilling $20,600.00

Drill & Drive Casing Drilling Method – This method is used on river bottoms or areas where there is a lot of gravel. We use this method a lot in the desert or low lying areas and ancient river beds. This allows us to drill without the hole caving in on top of out drill bit.

Permit $600.00
Mobilization & Demobilization $2,500.00
State Seal & Steel Casing $2,500.00
Drill & Drive Casing @ 42.00 per ft. $21,000.00
Total 500 ft. Drilling $26,600.00

Mud Drilling Method – Mud is used in areas where we have a lot of clay and sediment that wants to cave in on top of our drilling bit. We mix a bentonite based mud in a tank and inject it into the well as we drill. The mud coats the walls of the hole which allows the hole to not cave in on the drilling bit as we drill. Price includes PVC Liner, Gravel Pack & Well Development

Permit $600.00
Mobilization & Demobilization $2,500.00
Mud Drilling @ $100.00 per ft. $50,000.00
Total 500 ft. mud drilling, $53,100.00

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