How to Install an Off-Grid Water Well at Your Homestead or Cabin

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

6 Responses

  1. Jim Lindsey says:

    Very informative article! Keep them coming!

  2. Slowpoke says:

    If you drilled to 140′ and the water level is at 115′ than you only have 25′ of water in the hole. Let’s say they bored a 10″ diameter hole, the total amount of water in the well would only be 102 gallons. If you put the pump a foot off the bottom that leaves you 98 gallons of usable water. As long as the well charges back at a good rate you’d be ok as long as you used water sparingly. I’d be careful during any dry spell.

  3. Mountain Mike says:

    How about a small pond? Getting out 10,000 gallons
    Of water from a very,very small pond seems more realistic. I think you over thought the situation and opted NOT TO GO SIMPLE.
    Good house water filter for humans, rest as needed for other situations

  4. Daddio7 says:

    Being in Florida my well is 80 ft and I get by with just a centrifugal electric pump. I put in a tee and have an old fashioned hand pump mounted to the side. It was useful after the last hurricane took out the power for a week. However my water is not that tasty, It has iron and sulfur. I have a reverse osmosis system to make drinking water. The water sitting in the well gets worse if only a few gallons a day are pumped. I now know I will need an extra strong gravity filter system to make the water drinkable if I have no power.

  5. Moe says:

    Good article. Anyone living out West where there are water rights will also need to check those requirements before buying property.