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2024 Cost to Drill a Well in British Columbia
BC Water Well serves the BC Mainland – Southwest, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Thompson – Okanagan, Kootenay, Cariboo Chilcotin, North Coast, Nechako and Northeast British Columbia.


The Cost to Drill a Well in 2024 Serving the BC Fraser Valley, Mainland—Southwestern, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Thompson – Okanagan, Kootenay, Cariboo Chilcotin, North Coast, Nechako and Northeast British Columbia
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A detailed well drilling cost estimate in British Columbia is completed by an experienced water well estimator.  When requesting the estimated cost to drill a well you are asked to provide some basic information, including the address of the property or if there is not a legal address we can work with the PID.  

If you have other relevant information, such as a site plan, location links, or other documentation that may be useful please upload them with your request for the cost to drill a well in BC.

Our Process for Local Well Drilling Estimates

At BC Water Well, we go beyond merely offering a ballpark figure for water drilling costs in the province.

The price of drilling new water in British Columbia will vary significantly, ranging from less than $10,000 to tens of thousands, even within the same area of the province.

This variability underscores the importance of providing precise estimates before commencing any drilling project.

Our BC water well drilling cost estimates include preparatory work involving thorough research for each property to provide an accurate drilling estimate and additional insights into the drilling process of a specific property.

We delve into factors that might explain why one property could have a well that’s 600 feet deep and yields half a gallon per minute while a neighboring property boasts a 140-foot well producing 30 gallons per minute.

While detailed estimates do require some time to complete, grasping these nuances is crucial, given that the complexities of well drilling are often overlooked.

Due to rising costs associated with drilling for water, providing detailed and accurate estimates has become increasingly critical for British Columbia property owners

Are You Sure You Will Locate Water?

Have you decided where to drill for water on your property?  Water well drilling is costly in British Columbia. Learn more about locating water prior to drilling.

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When searching Google for “Water Well Drilling Cost Near Me” you will find all kinds of random information for water well drilling in general but you will not find information for the actual cost to drill a well specifically on your property.

Have you drilled a water well in British Columbia before?  If not, it’s probably safe to say that you’re NOT going to invest more money into a product with so little upfront information than water well drilling in British Columbia.

Prior to drilling a well request local well drilling cost estimate and other required information, many well BC water well drillers do move and drill in several areas of the province.

BC Water Well is a trusted resource providing the local well drilling cost to drill for water and general water well advice that you should know prior to drilling for water or purchasing real estate in BC that currently does not have a water source.

BC Water Well Drilling Tips and Advice

BC water Well Drilling TIPS

Drilling for water on your British Columbia property is an investment. Real estate without water in rural BC may affect its market value. Often buyers and lenders are apprehensive about purchasing real estate without water.

Drilled water wells could last 50 years or more. Many property owners believe that investing in a water well is worthwhile.

The cost of drilling for water in British Columbia has increased substantially over the past couple of years; in 2024, the cost of drilling a domestic water well will be the highest the BC well drilling industry has experienced.

Drilling a water well in BC will generally cost anywhere from $17,000 on the lower end and upwards to $30,000 or more. Drilling for water is costly in British Columbia; planning every step of the well-drilling process is crucial. How would you feel about paying $30,000.00 for a dry hole?

Dry holes are not uncommon in BC, and they are very costly. Remember, the well driller is coming to drill a hole on your property, and you will be invoiced regardless of whether you end up with a producing water well or a dry hole. 

There may not be a more costly product with so little upfront information regarding water well drilling in British Columbia. Don’t let what you don’t know intimidate you; the information is available, and it’s best to assess your situation before starting a water well project.

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The total cost of drilling a water well in British Columbia depends on several factors, including the final drilled depth, the construction of the water well, the length and diameter of the steel casing needed, the installation of stainless steel well screens, well liners, and other essential water well construction components.

It is crucial to assess the water availability in your rural property area before purchasing land or beginning construction. Following this, understanding the cost of drilling a new water well is essential.

Rural property owners in British Columbia may need to be made aware that when they want to subdivide land or apply for a building permit, they must provide proof of water well information with their applications.

In many areas of the province, more than simply having a well drilled along with a well log or drilling report is required. An engineer often needs to conduct a pumping test and evaluate its results. Not having this information can cause major project delays, sometimes lasting for months.

The traditional approaches to water well drilling are long gone in British Columbia; it’s more complex than hiring a well driller and randomly deciding on a drilling spot based on where his hat lands. We have moved well beyond such methods.

BC Water Well provides detailed online estimates for the price of drilling a water well. Most people will also ask us for the projected cost of a submersible well pump package, as it can be a significant cost when budgeting for your project.

The water quality of any well should never be assumed or compared to that of a nearby or neighbouring well’s water quality report. Water quality from one well to another will differ, even if the wells are just a short distance apart. When drilling for water in British Columbia, water quality is never guaranteed.

Do your research and get all your water well costs and water well pump estimates upfront. BC Water Well also provides the estimated costs for pumping tests and engineering when required. Through thorough preplanning, we can provide guidance that could significantly reduce your project costs for rural water systems.

Connecting with a certified well pump expert in British Columbia before drilling your well can also be very helpful. 

BC Well Pump Cost & installation

Once your water well has been drilled, you’re still not ready to use your new well.  The next step in the process may include the well pump installation, you should have a pretty good idea of the expected well pump cost and installation prior to drilling.

Most people request a well pump cost estimate when they are requesting an estimate for the cost to drill a well.

The water pumping system is just as important as the drilled well, it’s important to communicate with a local well pump company prior to drilling a well, they provide a lot of valuable upfront guidance that can not only save money but help design and build a better system.  

A water well pump cost in BC varies depending on the horsepower selected, the brand, and many other factors. The average well pump cost is between $1800.00 and $5,500 for a domestic water well, not including the cost of installation.

The most important factor in determining the cost of a well pump installation is the completed depth of your water well. If you have a shallow water well, you can expect to pay less for a well pump installation than if you have a deep drilled well.

In addition to the depth of your well, the diameter of your well casing will also affect the well pump cost. A large diameter (larger than the typical 6″ casing diameter used for domestic water wells) will require a more powerful well pump to ensure an adequate water supply for a higher output of water. 

The brand of submersible well pump you select will also affect the cost. Generally, higher-end well pump brands will cost more than lower-end brands. However, the higher-end well pump brands often offer better performance and greater durability than the lower-end brands.

When selecting the best well pump for your water well, it’s important to consider both the initial cost and the long-term costs of ownership.  By selecting a high-quality well pump, you can avoid the need for frequent well pump repairs or complete submersible well pump replacements, which can save you money in the long run!

BC Water Well FAQ

Are permits required to drill a water well in BC?

A well drilling permit is not required to a drill a water well in British Columbia.  Domestic Water Well User in BC also do not require a license providing the purpose of the water well is for domestic purposes only.

What is a Domestic Water Well User in BC?

A sole purpose of a domestic water well in British Columbia is for the use of groundwater water for a private dwelling household, fire prevention, private lawn and garden watering not to exceed a  metric dunam or 1,000 square meters or a ¼ of an acre, also domestic use of groundwater in BC includes water for domestic animals or poultry kept as pets or for household use.

Other Possible Well Drilling Requirements in British Columbia

You need to ensure that you have all other necessary permits or assessments before drilling a domestic water well in BC.  This may include Water Supply Systems, Environmental Assessments,  Permit for over Crown Land or Crown Land Tenure if any of your work is on or cross Crown Land, Municipal (bylaws) or local government permits.

It’s very important to be familiar with local municipal bylaws that may affect setbacks or other requirements that you need to be aware of, or easements or agreement to access property if your work is on or will cross someone else’s private property.

Water Well Setbacks For British Columbia

Horizontal setbacks for new water supply wells in British Columbia:

To safeguard the quality and quantity of the groundwater resources in British Columbia, new water supply wells used to supply water domestic and non-domestic must be sited at least the following distances from existing features.

6 m (20 ft) from the any private dwelling (Health Hazards Regulation);

15 m (50 ft) from an existing water supply well that is used or intended to be used (GWPR),


– the owner of the proposed well also owns the existing water supply well and only one well is proposed to be drilled, or

– it is not practicable to do so. In this case, a professional with competency in hydrogeology can prepare alternative specifications for the siting of the new well, so that the existing uses of the existing water supply well will not be adversely affected.

These alternative specifications must be submitted to and accepted by a BC Engineer

  • 30 m (100 ft) from a known or probable source of contamination (e.g., cesspool, privy vault, manure heap stable, pigsty) (Health Hazards Regulation)

  • 120 m (400 ft) from an existing cemetery or a dumping ground (e.g., landfill), unless contamination of the well would be impossible because of the physical conformation (Health Hazards Regulation)

  • 50 m (165 ft) from the shoreline of a saltwater body.
    Wells less than 500 m (1,650 ft) from the coastline are at risk of drawing in saltwater (see Best Practices for Prevention of Saltwater Intrusion).

Setbacks for new features relative to existing water supply wells in British Columbia:

To safeguard public health and groundwater quality, the discharge area of a new sewerage system or storm water infiltration system must be sited at least the following distances from an existing water supply well:

  • 30 m (100 ft) for a sewerage system with a maximum daily design flow of less than 22.7 m3/day (Sewerage System Regulation, Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual

  • 60 m (200 ft) for a sewerage system with a maximum daily design flow of less than 22.7 m3/day, from a high pumping rate community well (i.e. a well or well group that supplies water to more than 500 persons or is pumped for more than 3 months at a rate exceeding 190 L/min (50 USgpm)) (Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual)

  • 90 m (300 ft) for a sewerage system with a maximum daily design flow of less than 22.7 m3/day, from a high pumping rate community well completed in an unconfined aquifer (Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual)

  • 60 m (200 ft) for a sewerage system that has a maximum daily flow of between 22.7 and 37 m3/day, regardless of whether the water supply well is completed in a confined or unconfined aquifer (Municipal Wastewater Regulation)

  • 90 m (300 ft) for a sewerage system that has a maximum daily flow greater than or equal to 37 m3/day (Municipal Wastewater Regulation)

  • 300 m (1,000 ft) for a sewerage system that has a maximum daily flow greater than or equal to 37 m3/day, from a water supply well completed in an unconfined aquifer (Municipal Wastewater Regulation)The zone of influence of the domestic water supply well must not include the point of discharge of a non-disinfected effluent (Municipal Wastewater Regulation).

  • 60 m (200 ft) for an underground storm water infiltration system (Underground Storm water infiltration – Best Practices for Protection of Groundwater Resources in BC)

If one or more of the above setback distances applies to a well, the most conservative (greatest) setback distance should be used.

Setbacks marked with an asterisk (*) may be reduced following consultation with a professional with competency in hydrogeology and/or a local regulatory authority. In these cases, refer to the corresponding regulations and/or guidelines, as special conditions may apply.

It is recommended that the professional consult with the appropriate regulatory authority before a hydrogeological study is initiated. For setbacks from sewerage systems under the SSR, refer to APEGBC’s Professional Practice Guidelines for Onsite Sewerage Systems.

How long will a water well last in British Columbia?

Water wells are a reliable source of water for many British Columbia homes and businesses. But how long does a well last?  While the average water well has a life expectancy of between 25 and 100 years, there are many factors that can affect a well’s longevity.

The type of well, the materials used to construct the well, and the local ground water conditions all play a role in determining how long a water well will last in British Columbia.

Generally, water wells last longer in areas with good water quality and little ground movement. In contrast, water wells in areas with high water tables or frequent ground movements, such as earthquakes, can have shorter lifespans.

Deeper wells tend to last longer than shallow wells because they’re less susceptible to contamination from surface water. Additionally, water wells located in areas with a lot of groundwater typically have a longer lifespan than those in arid regions.

The type of well, the materials used to construct the well, and the local ground water conditions all play a role in determining how long a water well will last.

A water well constructed with steel casing is more likely to last longer than a water well constructed with concrete casing. Ultimately, there’s no way to give an exact answer for how long a water well will last.

 It’s not uncommon for water wells to last upwards of 50 years with proper maintenance and water quality testing can help to extend the life of a water well.

The best way to prolong the life of your water well is to have it regularly inspected and maintenance by a qualified water well or well pump contractor. By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your water well will provide years of trouble-free service.

When shopping around for a local well drilling contractor to drill your new water well, make sure that all the well drilling cost estimates you receive are comprehensive. The cost to drill a well in BC will vary considerably depending on several factors, including:

– Well Drilling Equipment Required:

Different well drilling rigs have different capabilities, so the type of rig used required to drill will affect the price. If a well drilling contractor must use a more powerful rig, it will drive up the cost to drill a well in British Columbia.

– Ground Makeup:

The type of ground (sand, gravel, rock) and how deep the water source is will also affect the water well cost. If the water is deep down in solid rock, it will be more expensive to reach than if it’s close to the surface in sandy soil.

Although the price per foot to drill in bedrock is much less that drilling in overburden as bedrock drilling in British Columbia will not require the high additional cost of steel casing.

– The Volume of Water Required:

If you need a lot of water, the well driller may have to drill a larger diameter well, which will cost more to install.

The price of a water well may seem like a significant investment, keep in mind that a well can provide an unlimited supply of safe, clean water for your home or business. When compared to the cost of municipal water over time, a well can be a very cost-effective solution.

By understanding all the factors that go into well drilling in the Province, you can be sure to get the best possible value for your investment, even the value of your BC land depends on a good producing water well.

These are just some of the factors that can affect the cost of drilling a water well in BC. Make sure you get a comprehensive estimate from BC Water Well contractors who service the local so there are no surprises down the road.


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