Depending on your geographic location a well can take anywhere from a couple
of days to a couple of weeks. Why are you concerned with
"how long"? How do you know you need a new well? There are many parts to a
well system other than the hole in the ground.
"We have no water" could be caused by a lot of things and all but one of
them cost a lot less than a new well.
If you have a storage tank with your well, you could always get water
trucked in for a couple of weeks. Might be a little expensive compared to
what you are used to but it beats living in a motel.
If your well is dry, collapsed or contaminated you will have to drill a new
one but if the pump or any component has failed, it may be much less
traumatic. If you have to drill a new one it depends on depth, ground
composition and how many contractors are in your area to compete for your
business. You can use the well water as soon as the sediment clears and
that depends on the conditions in the hole.
Drilling a new well might subject you to newer plumbing codes and the
resulting new system may be considerably more than what you had. Check with
your city inspectors along the way to verify the location and equipment are
Thank you all for your replies:We had 3 contracters come out today and
yes we need a whole new well.The pump is in the house(basement)it is the
orignal one '73.I am at my wits end not having any water.It is quite
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