Not long after moving to Oak Hill, we adopted a sweet horse from a rescue. Easter was our horse-crazy daughter's dream come true.
Our horse corral and run-in shed were at the bottom of the hill, and Easter's daily needs included transporting gallons and gallons of water from the spigot near the house down to the recycled-bathtub water trough.
Pumping water from the farm pond wasn't an option;
I needed to run water from up here to the corral down there.
Can you see my long hose?
After a few months I connected every hose we owned, including the hole-y ones, into one long line and ran it down the hill. Eventually we bought a 250-gallon water tote and installed it next to her trough, filling it with that long hose and then filling her trough from the tote when needed. It was a big improvement but still not ideal, the water pressure was pretty low and I often forgot to turn the water off.
Hubby and I both wish we'd found this do-it-yourself well-drilling method back then. Drilling our own well near the corral at the bottom of the hill would have been the perfect solution. No more hauling buckets, and no more forgetting to turn the water spigot off and spilling hundreds of gallons in the pasture.
The Olivas family lives a sustainable, homesteading life on their farm in Texas. When they needed a well on their property, they developed a lightweight, affordable well-drilling rig that almost anyone can use to drill their own well, even through clay soil and rock.
They sent me their Well Drilling Instructional Course so that I could tell you about it. The course includes a 2-DVD set and a booklet showing how to assemble and use the system they've developed.
Hubby and I spent a Saturday afternoon watching the 2-DVD set and let me tell you, I learned a lot about how water travels underground and how wells work. The DVDs are chock-full of information and show you the entire process, from choosing a site, how to set up the equipment before beginning to drill, how to drill, and what NOT to do. I was amazed at all the information. Hubby and I agreed that we could drill our own well after watching the course.
The instructional course also includes a print booklet that you can take out to your work site. There are very few photos or illustrations in the booklet, but the DVDs certainly make up for it. Hubby had a question after reading the booklet but he said the video answered it in detail.
The materials used to drill a well using this method are simple and most are readily available. There are instructions for making the drill bit itself, or you can purchase it from How to Drill a Well. They also have a kit available that includes everything you'll need to drill a well on your homestead.
Hubby pointed out that once you've acquired the equipment needed, you could drill more wells at little additional cost. This would be great for a homestead with several large pastures as a well could be drilled in each one, simplifying the task of watering livestock in each field. The course even suggests that you can rent the air compressor needed, or buy one and resell it when your well is finished and you no longer need it.
The advice given in the instructional course is sound and practical. Suggestions are made about who to contact if permits are necessary and where to find other information you'll need. Some areas may not allow the drilling of a well (for instance, if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, this might not be for you), so make sure it's allowed where you live. Then gather and assemble all the materials and equipment you'll need before you begin. Set aside a weekend, line up some help, and start early in the day so you can make good use of your time.
If you'd like to live off-grid, if your land is far off the beaten trail and rural water lines aren't available, or if you just want a well in your backyard or near your garden, you'll want to explore the possibility of drilling your own well using this do-it-yourself system. You can learn more at How to Drill a Well.com or call 903-576-0086.
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