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For many, buying a home is the single largest transaction that we will ever make.

Not only is the mortgage likely to draw off a considerable chunk of our paycheck for up to 30 years, but the care and maintenance of a home is equally consuming.

Here is our advice on this topic.
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Buying a Home with Well Water
Before buying a home or business in an area where water is drawn from private wells (rather than piped by a water utility), there are several things to consider:

  • The adequacy of the water supply from existing wells serving the property, both now and in the foreseeable future. In this context, adequacy encompasses both the amount of water and its quality for drinking, cooking, and washing.
  • Whether you will need to drill a new well (or wells).
  • The local laws and regulations related to water rights, drilling, and the disposal of wastewater.
  • The precise nature of the water rights included with the purchase of your property. Pay close attention to limitations on your ability to drill new wells, to take water from streams running through your property, and to increase the amounts that you extract from existing sources.

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is a professional association that certifies contractors in this field. Professional designations include Certified Well Driller (CWD) and Certified Pump Installer (CPI or CWD/PI), both of which require

examinations, continuing education, and clean legal records. The Master Ground Water Contractor (MGWC) is the highest professional designation in this field, and requires at least 5 years of experience in the industry plus demonstration of superior knowledge.
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