There are plenty of plumbing decisions to make when you're building a new home, but your water source will have the most profound impact on how you enjoy your new house. Many homeowners assume that municipal water is the only option, but this isn't always the case. Well water may also be worth considering.
When selecting between these two water sources, you'll want to come armed with a few facts. Although you should always speak with your contractor to discuss the best fit for your needs, these three tips will help you make an informed decision.
1. Upfront Costs Can Be Complex
When building a new home, it may not always be straightforward to estimate the total costs of well water vs. city water. For wells, you can usually determine installation cost based on the depth of the installation. You'll need to discuss your specific site conditions with a plumber before you can arrive at a reasonable estimate. Soil conditions and local bedrock topography can both impact the required depth.
Municipal water costs may be easier to calculate. In most cases, the distance to the meter will be the overriding factor in the total cost of the job. Elevation may also play a role since city water pressure is often much higher at lower elevations relative to the supply. You will also need to use a large diameter pipe if your new home has many fixtures or you expect heavy simultaneous water usage.
2. Running Costs May Vary By Region
Your municipal water rate and local energy prices determine your long-term running costs. In areas where electricity is expensive, municipal water may be cheaper. On the other hand, the availability of cheap electricity can tip the balance in favor of running a well pump. Researching these costs before making any decisions can help you estimate both options' impact on your utility bills.
Wells will also require some amount of ongoing maintenance. Annual well inspections can add to your operating costs, and you'll need to replace your pump every decade or so.
3. Water Quality Matters Too
There's more to choosing between water sources than just costs, however. If you're unhappy with the quality of municipal water in your area, then a well may offer fresher tasting water. Many people prefer the taste of well water, which may be reason enough to consider one for your new home. With proper maintenance, wells can supply water that is both clean and healthy.
Whole-home water filters are another option to consider if water taste is a priority. Installing one of these filters during construction can potentially save money on installation costs while also guaranteeing the best water quality as soon as you move in. Reach out to a professional who provides new construction plumbing services to learn more.