Homestead Water Sources and Options

Mystified by water pumps and the prospect of digging a well to provide drinking water and more? Wade through your options for finding clean water and making it flow.



Homestead Illustration
There are several homestead water sources you can consider, including digging a well, accessing groundwater supplies and collecting rainwater.
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Drilled Well
Long and narrow, drilled wells are the only option for getting water out of bedrock. Learn more about well construction and regulations in your area from your local health department.
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Windmill
Enlist the power of the wind to pump your well water — you’ll save on your electric bills, and add a nostalgic feature to your homestead.
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Dug Well
Modern dug wells are lined with large, tubular concrete tiles to keep surface water and soil from contaminating the well water.
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