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    Can I dig Artisian well in the city limits ? ?

    We have been buying spring water for 10 years now because the crap the city pumps to your faucets is FILTERED SEWER mixed with River water

    No seriously , look it up

    So im wondering if anyone has dug their own well , if theres any laws against it

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    All water is recycled.

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    There might be issues if the city has backfilled with slags or other contaminated fill. In Buffalo and Tonawanda NY areas it would be a deathwish to drill a well. Most of the lots have fill from the steel plants and coke manufacturers.

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    Lots of slag buryed in the Cleveland area due to mills and auto industries.
    Its great for driveways just don't drop a magnet.
    I have a Artisan well on my property. No digging was involved. It just comes up from out of the ground.

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    I remember how happy my Dad was when I was a kid when we got city water. Messing with that pump and tank was a pita.

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    Pretty sure you can dig it, it's the water that you get that may be the issue. You may be shelling out some cash for water treatment for minerals and/or bacteria. You'll definitely want to have it tested.
    How deep is the water table by you? That's a biggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BennyD View Post
    Pretty sure you can dig it, it's the water that you get that may be the issue. You may be shelling out some cash for water treatment for minerals and/or bacteria. You'll definitely want to have it tested.
    How deep is the water table by you? That's a biggie.
    if it's in the city there may be a ton of heavy metals, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC_Marc View Post
    if it's in the city there may be a ton of heavy metals, too.
    Like this?
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    I guess a phone call to the local well digging man would get me a water sample

    Im thinking run the good water to the kitchen sink , bathroom sinks , showers , outdoor spigots, and leave the city water hooked up to the toilets and clothes washer

    That oughtta drop the water bill from 160 to very little

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
    I guess a phone call to the local well digging man would get me a water sample

    Im thinking run the good water to the kitchen sink , bathroom sinks , showers , outdoor spigots, and leave the city water hooked up to the toilets and clothes washer

    That oughtta drop the water bill from 160 to very little
    You must be paying for sewer, too.

    I know in my area if you are on the sewer (the grinder pump, 2" line kind) and have a well, with no City water at all, it's a $70 flat fee.

    Otherwise it's just "per use" and you can get a second meter for your sprinkler system so you're not paying for sewer treatment to water your lawn.

    Have you gotten an actual water test of the city water? Down here they use reverse osmosis treatment plants - you could probably take a dump in the "incoming" water and by the time it comes out you'd never know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snapperhead View Post
    I guess a phone call to the local well digging man would get me a water sample

    Im thinking run the good water to the kitchen sink , bathroom sinks , showers , outdoor spigots, and leave the city water hooked up to the toilets and clothes washer

    That oughtta drop the water bill from 160 to very little
    I've been on well water most of my life and only at one place I lived was the water actually as good as city water. Rather than digging a well if you want pure water invest in an R.O system. Depending on your water table situation the cost for your well could be surprisingly expensive not everyone can just dig a hole and find water sometimes it takes days of drilling

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    my dads well is like 350 feet down …. so yea it can be difficult sometimes

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