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How do I find the best place to drill for water on my property?

Many factors must be considered before deciding where to drill a water well. The most important is to decide how the well will be used. If the well is for drinking water, then local geology, hydrology, and state regulations are important to know. Contact the department in your state government that regulates and tracks water and natural resources. They should have information on licensed drillers and any required groundwater withdrawal permits. They can also provide guidelines for required distances from septic or water treatment systems, well construction, water testing, and well purification and maintenance. 

States also have databases of previously drilled wells that can be used to estimate required well depth and possible pumping rates. For information on local geology or hydrology, contact your state geological survey or your local USGS Water Science Center, which can also help you find the appropriate state agency.

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