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Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos, Shuswap
Water Well Services for the Okanagan Valley
Okanagan Water Well Services & Repairs provides a perfect combination of water well experience and water well drilling technology! We’re highly focused on serving the Okanagan Valley communities including Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos and the Shuswap
Our one-stop-shop for local well services throughout the Okanagan Valley region helps keep our water well costs affordable and so much easier to manage.
Whether it’s one of our highly skilled well drillers or water well technicians we provide top-notch workmanship & knowledge. Okanagan Water Well Services provides a complete selection of services including well drilling, water well repairs, well inspections, well pump repair, water treatment systems and local water testing.
Request a FREE online estimate from Local Water Well Pros Okanagan. Online estimates for any of our water well services from the cost to repair a well pump or the cost to drill a well is quick and easy… we respond to online requests the same day!
Drilling a water well is for domestic purpose or irrigation is important and often a significant investment. The water well drilling cost in the Okanagan Valley will be based on many factors and it’s important to be fully informed about drilling before contracting a well driller. We encourage you to request a detail breakdown for the cost to drill a well in your specific area.
As experience well drillers with a long history in the Okanagan Valley we are fully equipped to perform any drilling project such as domestic well drilling, commercial water systems, irrigation water well systems, geotechnical drilling and golf course irrigation & pumping systems.
Do you need help servicing, repairing, installing well pump equipment? Has your water suddenly stopped? Whatever local water well service you require we are here to help… quickly!
Are you drilling a well with difficult or complicated access issues for regular drilling rigs and well drilling equipment? We can handle most well drilling projects with access issues, give Okanagan Water Well Services & Repairs at call today at 778-760-9797
Water Well Services for the Okanagan Valley:
Our local service area includes Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos and the Shuswap.
Water Well FAQ
Purchasing Real Estate in the Okanagan with a Water Well
A: Water wells in the Okanagan Valley are typically categorized as either shallow wells or a drilled well, there are other types but shallow and drilled are the most common. Water well construction has improved over the years to comply with the BC Groundwater Regulations & Guidelines updates.
Purchasers considering real estate in the rural areas will often be viewing properties for sale in the Okanagan Valley that rely on water wells as a primary water source. While most homes in the Okanagan draw their water from a municipal or community water system. When utilizing a public water supply, we can usually presume that the water supply will be plentiful and safely meets the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines.
But when purchasing Real Estate in the Okanagan Valley with a well water it’s important to request information about the water well located on a property that you plan to purchase.
Ask questions about the well and water supply that is serving the property, request a copy of the well record or well drilling report and perform an independent water test… all of this can help you to gain a more complete understanding of the property.
Property Owners Should Disclose:
A copy of the well record – drilling report – You will want to know the depth of the well, the age of the well, when was the water well drilled? Most importantly what is the well yield or gallons per minute produced? Well pumps and water systems are essential; they can be costly if well pump repairs are needed.
Past water quality test results – independent water testing is also advised
Pumping test or flow test results – water well inspection
Whether there are any wells on the property that have been closed
Ask if the well has ever gone dry and why, you may also want to consult with local water haulers serving the Okanagan Valley if there are any concerns about water quantity. Is the water well capable of meeting peak demand or does it fall short and to what degree? Don’t forget there may come a day that you are the seller of the property… water wells can be a deal breaker if inadequate.
Mortgage lenders may request some of this information before approving a mortgage. If you are selling Real Estate with a Water Well in the Okanagan Valley, it’s wise to have the water well brought to current standards as full water well disclosure will normally be required.
Remember when it comes to Real Estate with Water Wells, they are unregulated on most private properties, as a purchaser you are in a Buyer Beware situation, it’s very wise to seek independent advice. If a water well has known issues, it’s MUCH better to discover this information prior to purchasing a property in the Okanagan.
Okanagan Water Well Services is compiling an Okanagan Real Estate & Water Well Resource Guide intended to help purchasers and sellers through the process of purchasing Real Estate with a Water Well.
Request a FREE copy of the Okanagan Real Estate and Water Well Resource Guide, we will send it out as soon as we have completed this resource.
Three Steps to Keep Your Okanagan Water Well Safe
1) Test Your Well Water
Your Okanagan Water Testing Laboratory will provide you with sample bottles and a water test kit along with sampling instructions, this will enable you to have can your water quality analyzed. Getting your water tested on a regular basis should be part of regular water well maintenance.
2) Inspect Wellhead
Inspect your wellhead at least twice a year, check that the well cap or well seal is attached to the water well properly. Drilled water wells must be sealed with a commercially manufactured vermin-proof well cap (this includes a properly installed and sealed sanitary well seal to prevent leaves, grass clippings, rodents, etc. from entering a well.
Examine the well casing is above ground level this prevents runoff water and flood water contaminating your water well.
33 – (1) The person responsible for drilling or altering a well must ensure that the casing stick-up is continuous and extends a minimum of 0.3 m above
(a) the surface of the ground adjacent to the well, or
(b) if applicable, the floor of the well sump, pump house or well pit.
Possible sources of water well contamination could include:
- Septic tanks
- Livestock, silos, septic leach fields
- Oil tanks, waterproof storage of manure, and handling and storage of fertilizers
- Manure accumulation
2) Shocking Your Water Well
Arrange a regular time each year to chlorinate or disinfect your water well; shocking your well once a year is a minimum suggestion. Disinfecting more often might be required, depending on the water well chemistry and bacteria reported in the well. Water well disinfection and flushing can greatly improve your water quality and reduce the load on your home water treatment system.
Contact Okanagan Water Well Services for Professional Well Disinfection Services
Important Links for Okanagan Water Well Regulations and Maintenance
Okanagan Water Well Operation and Maintenance
Okanagan Water Well Caps and Covers
Okanagan Well Pumps and Related Works
Okanagan Water Well Identification
Okanagan Well Deactivating and Decommissioning
Okanagan Water Well Reports – Drilling Records
Can a Flow Rate Test Be Done to Determine the Yield of a Water Well?
If you know the depth of the well, the level of the water and pump depth, the water storage capacity can be calculated. The flow rate can be obtained via a flow rate test. The flow is the amount of water that is obtained from the well.
The flow rate is the speed at which the flow is coming, generally measured in gallons per minute. The water demand for the average home is 100 to 120 gallons per-person-a-day. A well with a flow-rate of about 6 to 12 gallons per minute is a very reliable source, but all sources should be confirm and never assumed.
When purchasing Real Estate with a Water Well in the Okanagan Valley it’s recommended to conduct a complete water well and water system inspection which may also require a flow rate test.
What is the Cost to Drill a Well in the Okanagan Valley?
A: Okanagan Water Well Services & Repairs provide detailed Okanagan Valley well drilling cost estimates online. However, we understand that you may just want to get a rough idea of what the local well drilling costs are in 2020. The following guideline is written to provide an estimate of the average well drilling costs for Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos, and the Shuswap.
The cost to drill a new well will be influenced by numerous factors including the property location and drilling site, the final completed depth of a new drilled well along with the water well diameter and all required water well construction materials. Throughout the Okanagan Valley, 6″ is the standard diameter for domestic drilled wells, there may be exceptions depending on the water requirements and uses.
The 2020 well drilling cost per ft. will be in the range of $48.00 to $50.00 for a 6″ diameter water well, includes well drilling and installed 6” diameter steel casing. Once we are past overburden and drilling in bedrock further use of well casing will not be required. At this point of drilling for water the well drilling cost will be reduced to an average of $30.00 per foot.
There are additional costs when drilling a well in Okanagan, a surface seal costing approximately $800.00 will be required, a drive-shoe – $300.00, sometimes stainless-steel well screens will be needed. With well screens and installation costs we estimate approximately $1350.00 for 4′ well screen sections, usually one screen will be satisfactory, but some situations will require two screens. Additional costs could include water well development at $250.00 per hour… again this may or may not be required.
Most wells should be lined once the well driller has completed the well, well liners are in placed to prevent the drilled well from collapsing, the installation of water well liners is not mandatory in the Okanagan Valley but highly favored, a well liner is simply inexpensive insurance to protect the well that will cost an average of $10.00 per foot.
As you can see there are many variables that need to be considered before we can determine the cost to drill as well in the Okanagan, for this reason we provide detailed well drilling cost estimates. We have extensive experience drilling for water in the Okanagan Valley, it’s important to research local water wells in a given specific area, based on years or data we can determine more accurately what the average cost to drill a well well will be in a specific location. There’s no need to call our office for a FREE well drilling cost estimate, we’ve made it much easier for you… please fill out our online drilling estimate form, we will respond quickly.
A: If you are the owner of a private well in the Okanagan Valley, it’s important to test your well water regularly to determine if your well water is safe to drink. Sometimes people may assume that because their neighbor’s water has been recently analyzed and reported to be safe this, in no way should suggest that other local water wells are potable. Your Okanagan water well should be tested at least once a year and some well may require testing more often.
Remember, the safety of your well water depends on surface and underground geology, the depth and quality of the well construction. Yes, even deep drilled wells are susceptible to contamination if surface water can access the water well from the top of the well, from surface fractures in the rock, a faulty well seal, damaged well casing, poor welds, land use issue, just to name a few ways that a drilled water well could become contaminated.
Why should well water be tested regularly? A water test report will only report the quality of the well water as analyzed based on the specific sample sent to an Okanagan Water Testing Lab for testing. Well water quality may be compromised by heavy rain, melting snow, drought, floods or seasonal land-use activities that may cause contamination to local water wells.
Another reason water wells need to be tested regularly is for the purpose of maintaining water well data file for future reference. In the even that a water well becomes damage from an outside source it will be much easier to prove that a water source has been affected if there previous water testing reports available for comparison, this will be very helpful if a damaged water well ever becomes a legal issue.
There can be many harmful substances in water that we may not be able to taste, see or smell, such as bacteria and chemicals that could affect your health.
For example, nearby farming and agricultural activities or septic systems, if a water well is constructed with issues or poorly maintained this could lead to increased nitrates and fertilizers seeping into soil and contaminating your well water… yes, as stated above even deep drilled wells.
The lack of water well maintenance may also contribute to the contamination of your Okanagan Valley water well.
A: What is the difference between the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and Canadian Drinking Water Standards?
Canadian Drinking Water Standard – a mandatory limit that must not be exceeded; drinking water standards often indicate a legal duty or obligation.
Canadian Drinking Water Guideline – a recommended limit that should not be exceeded; guidelines are not intended to be standards of practice, or indicate a legal duty or obligation, but in certain circumstances they could assist in evaluation and improvement.
A: Basically, there are two categories of test for well water
1. Bacteriological Water Testing
2. Chemical Water Testing
Bacteriological Water Testing
Bacteriological testing should be done 2 or 3 times a year. Two common types of bacteria found in water are: Total Coliform and E.coli.
Total Coliform include bacteria found in soil, surface water, and the intestinal tracts of animals. Finding total coliforms in a well may not mean that the water is unsafe to drink, but does indicate:
1) The well may require improved sanitation or physical upgrades.
2) The well may be subject to surface contamination.
Escherichia coli (E. coli)
E. coli originates in the intestinal tracts of animals. The presence of E. coli in your well water may mean fecal matter has entered the well. Fecal organisms cause stomach and intestinal illnesses, including diarrhea and nausea, and may even lead to death. Babies, children, elderly or people with immune deficiencies or other illnesses may be affected more severely.
E. coli in your drinking water is an immediate health concern and the water is not safe to drink.
For more information, see the British Columbia Ministry of Environment’s fact sheet on Total, Fecal & E. coli Bacteria in Groundwater
Testing water for chemicals should be done on a routine basis, typically at a minimum of every 5 years. Chemicals commonly of concern in the Fraser Valley’s groundwater resources are: nitrates, fluoride and metals such as arsenic, lead, copper and manganese.
High levels of nitrates have been found in numerous wells throughout the Fraser Valley. This usually occurs in areas where groundwater may be contaminated by surface activities such as agriculture or farming, drilled wells can be susceptible but shallow wells are especially vulnerable to nitrate contamination.
Since well water comes from the underground, different metals in the soil and rock can leach or dissolved into the water. Some metals, such as arsenic can have serious and long-term health effects if they are found in high amounts.
It is advised that Bacteriological testing for Total Coliforms & Escherichia coli (E. coli) be conducted 2 or 3 times a year. Chemical testing is is different, it does not need to be done dearly as often but it is recommended every three to five years.
Water Testing Laboratories
Local Water Testing Laboratories Near You
Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos and the Shuswap
Okanagan Water Well Services
Water Well Services & Repairs
Okanagan Well Drilling Services
At Okanagan Water Well Services we provide the highest level of experience with decades of water well drilling behind us. Professional and experienced well drillers we design and drill everything from domestic water wells in the Okanagan Valley to test holes, small diameter monitoring wells, along with high capacity production wells for local golf courses and irrigation systems.
We understand that quality water well drilling is vital to everyday life for the Okanagan communities. We consistently aim to provide the same quality drilled water well systems to our local as we would expect to be drilled on our own properties.
Our professional Okanagan well drillers proudly build water well systems in that are constructed to perform with the intent of longevity… sometimes decades!
All local well drillers are environmentally-aware and very safety conscious with a broad-range of practical experience drilling water wells in the area with pride and fantastic integrity.
When drilling a well there will be choices and necessitates to take into consideration. We’re here and ready to assist you in deciding the best way of completing your water well system while keeping the project as cost effective as possible.
Request a detailed online estimate for the cost to drill a well in any of the Okanagan Valley communities including Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos or the Shuswap region.
There are many variables when estimating the cost to drill a new well and the cost will be reflected by location of the property, the method of drilling and geology.
As experienced local water drilling specialists, we provide accurate itemized well drilling cost estimates based on our extensive knowledge of the are and drilling experience we can provide an accurate drilling cost based on your water well requirements.
Okanagan Well Pump & Well Pump Repairs
Nothing operates forever — including a water well pump! If your water pressure has decreased, poor water quality, or you have noticed air is “spitting” from your tap, it may be time to replace your existing well water pump. Okanagan Water Well Services is happy to provide you with an estimated well pump cost for the replacement or repair of your well pump.
We specialize in Submersible Pump, Shallow Well Pump, Deep Well Pump, Centrifugal Pump, Booster Pump, Peristaltic Pump, Chemical Injection, Sump Pump & Sewage Pumps.
Our Local Okanagan Valley Services
- Water Well Drilling
- Water Pressure Tank Replacement
- Vermin Proof Well Caps
- Complete Pressure System Installations
- Water Well Inspections – Real Estate Service
- Well Pump Control Replacement
- Constant Pressure Pump Systems
- Well Pump Repair
- Golf Course Water Pumping Systems
- Water Testing & Water Test Kits
- Water Well Shocking
- Water Well Decommissioning
- Water Treatment Systems
- Whole House Water Filter Systems
- Custom Water Filtration Design
- Commercial Water Treatment
- Wastewater Treatment
- Geothermal Drilling
Local Water Well Pros
Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country, Peachland, Penticton, Summerland, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos and the Shuswap