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Old 11-08-2012, 03:36 PM
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My sister might be buying a house. There's a really nice HUD house on 9 acres and it's really really affordable. The ONLY thing wrong with it is it has no water source.

Now, it's next to a lake, so is that a problem as far as well drilling? It's so so cheap that drilling a well isn't going to be a problem as far as cost. Has anybody had to deal with that before?

Super excited, because it's a big enough place that they've invited me and the kids to stay with them if they get it in exchange for watching the kids so they can both work and the kids don't have to go into daycare.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:57 PM
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I know nothing about it , but good vibes coming. We have rented places with wells in the past but I dont really know th e mechanics of them.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:59 PM
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I know my mom had a well in Pinellas county Florida. All the trailers next to us do as well and we have a cow pond maybe 600 ft from it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:06 PM
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My cousins are plumbers and do maintenance and installing pumps and stuff, just not the actual drilling part. She's checking into the county regulations because they have rules for wetland areas. Really hoping she gets it! If she does, she may end up getting Kaia's sister and we'll have three zois in the family!
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:08 PM
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9 acres next to a lake, sounds like coon hunting heaven.
i'll be praying for you.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:10 PM
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Its complicated.

Drilling isn't really the problem. You could drill a well IN the lake if you really wanted to. The concern might be what is in the lake, and if it significantly drains to the groundwater, risking contamination. Still, you have that risk in most places, even cows can screw with groundwater.

Find a good company that knows the area.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:11 PM
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Thanks!! Coon hunting, coyote hunting, and a creek that feeds out of the lake runs through the back acreage. The lake itself is full of perch, bullheads, and they used to stock it with trout. One guy caught a 9 foot sturgeon there several years ago but that was kind of a freak occurrence.

It would be really easy to divert a little of the creek to run through a trout pond. There's a hatchery here in town where you can get rainbow fingerlings really cheap.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:34 PM
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Easy enough to call a company and pay a trivial amount for them to do a site evaluation. Hope it works out for you all--sounds like a mutually beneficial situation.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:13 PM
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That sounds really heavenly. I'd be very, very careful (especially in Washington) about putting in the purchase and sale agreement "contingent on feasibility study" or something like that and make sure there's plenty of time to do it before they can accept someone else's offer. Some counties in Wa are such sticklers about the environment, you wouldn't believe it. And they can make it really difficult to get permits if it's really close to a lake and wet lands etc. Well, it's good that she's beginning to check it out. That's essential before buying it. I sure hope it all works out. It sounds like a beautiful spot and so fun for you to have her close.
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I don't know much about drilling, but good luck! It sounds awesome.
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