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2023 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 2023 Serving the BC Mainland – Southwest, 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 don’t just provide a general overview of the cost to drill for water in your area.

Sometimes the final cost of new drilled wells can differ from just a couple thousand dollars or less to tens of thousands more within any given area area of the province.  This is the main reason why we feel it’s important to take our time to be as accurate as possible prior to drilling.

While we take the time to research each property prior to providing an estimate to drill we are looking for other valuable information to help you understand the drilling process that you may experience.

We will question things like why one property may have a 600′ 1/2 gallon per minute well while a neighbouring property may have a 140′ well producing 30 gallons per minute?  There is so much more that goes into preparing to drill a well than most people realize.

With the increased costs to drill for water detailed drilling estimates have never been more important in British Columbia!

Are You Sure You Will Locate Water?

When drilling for water the location of where you choose to drill your well is very important!  In fact it may make the difference between drilling a dry well or a good producing well.  Most people are not very happy to pay double in the event of a dry hole or having to construct a costly water storage and re-pressurization system. 

Learn more about how to locate water on your property before 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 property is an investment, real estate without water in BC may affect the value.  Most buyers and lenders are apprehensive when it comes to purchasing real estate without water.  A properly installed water well could last 40 years or more, a good drilled well is definitely worth the cost of installation!

The cost of drilling for water in British Columbia has increased substantially over the past couple of years, in 2023 the cost to drill a water well is now the highest the well drilling industry has ever experienced for domestic water wells.

Installing a new drilled water well in BC, will generally cost anywhere from $10,000 on the low-end and upwards to $30,000 or more, providing that you hit water and only need to drill once.

There is always the possibility of drilling a dry hole just about anywhere in BC which will increase the cost of locating water on your property, it’s very important to reduce the risk of drilling a dry well when possible as drilling a non-producing well can be costly for a property owner.

The final water well drilling cost will depend on several factors such as the local geologic materials into which a well is drilled, the completed drilling depth of the borehole, water well construction, the amount of steel casing required and the diameter, if a stainless steel well screen is installed how many are required, and there are  other components that determine the cost to drill a well.

Anyone considering purchasing land or preparing to build should not only first determine water availability in the immediate area but understand the cost of drilling a new water well by obtaining a detailed local well drilling cost estimate along with the estimated cost for a submersible water well pump package designed to match a specific well drilling estimate.

Most people are not aware that the cost to drill a new water well and putting a new water source into service can vary sometimes significantly from one area to another, even from one neighbour to another.

Also, the water quality of any water 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.  

Do your research and get your well drilling cost and water well pump estimates upfront.

Typically, the drilling of a new well is the most expensive part of the entire water well installation process.  Once a new well is drilled and completed as required by a qualified BC well driller, the next step of the process will be the installation of a water well pumping system.  Usually a submersible well pump and pressure system will be needed for pumping water from a well.

When requesting the cost to drill a well in British Columbia it’s always wise to obtain a local well pump package estimate along with the well drilling estimate.  Once a detailed well drilling estimate is prepared you should have enough information to roughly determine the cost of the water pumping system.

Connecting with an experienced well pump expert prior to drilling your well can be very helpful and might even save you some money by planning ahead!

The drilling of the water well is usually the most expensive part, but water well pump systems are also a significant cost and necessary part of the installation of a new water system and should be considered as part of the water well cost.

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 $500.00 and $1,500 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 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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