Why We Chose to Dig a Well and Use ICF Construction

| 7/1/2020 10:14:00 AM

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In this installment, I wanted to share with you why we chose to have a dug well versus drilled and why we chose an ICF constructed house on our final homestead. Let’s talk about our choice of water well and home construction.

Dug Well Versus Drilled

Back over 40 years ago when I first started homesteading in Maine, I had a well driller come in and bore a hole in the earth for our water. We had an awesome, reliable water source that never ran out on us. For that well, I had a traditional deep well hand pump set atop the casing and I also added piping direct to the kitchen sink in the house with a shallow well hand pump for our “running water.”

In Maine, we had areas of exposed ledge rock so it would have been a poor site to try digging a well either by hand or excavator. When we moved to the wilderness of Saskatchewan, we added an electric shallow well water pump to our experiences and sucked water initially out of the lake. Years later, we hand dug our well closer to the house which was made possible because we were sitting on a sand knoll compliments of the last glacier to sculpted the area.

On our Nova Scotia homestead, we had the choice of a machine dug or drilled well. It was a no-brainer to dig it with an excavator. First off, our land has a thick layer of overburden which is the material which sits on top of the bedrock. So other than large boulders and rock that might be encountered, we were confident we could excavate deep enough to hit a good supply of water.

Excavator Dug Water Well

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