3 Factors To Consider When Switching To City Water

Posted on: 1 October 2020

Municipal water may have been unavailable in many parts of the country until recently. In areas where city water still isn't available, well water is the obvious choice. Of course, times change, and many regions that were once rural have now become suburban or even urban. If you own property in one of these neighborhoods, then you may find yourself with a well even though city water is now available.

While well water offers many advantages, it can also be beneficial to switch to municipal water if your well runs out or the equipment begins to wear down. In these cases, you will need to install a new city water line to your home. Before getting started, keep these three essential factors in mind.

1. Distance From Water Main

If your home has no current connection to city water, then you'll need a new line installed back to the water main. This process can be relatively straightforward or somewhat challenging, depending on your unique circumstances. For homes located directly on the road, access to the city water main is usually not a significant issue.

Most installers will quote installation prices based on the linear foot, so your project will be costlier if you need to bring your water line a long distance. Unfortunately, this is one area where your costs will be mostly non-negotiable. Your installer will choose the most cost-effective path for your water line, so you will rarely have cheaper options to reduce the length of the line.

2. Soil Conditions

The conditions of the soil between the water main and your house will impact your installation in two ways: pipe material and trench costs. It's naturally more difficult to dig a trench in tough or rocky soil, which can impact the price per foot of your water line. Your installer will usually survey the installation path to provide you with a reasonable estimate based on soil conditions.

Soil conditions also impact your choice of pipe material. Although copper is resistant to corrosion, it can be vulnerable to acidic soil. Likewise, the presence of certain minerals in your soil may make copper a poor choice. In these cases, PVC or HDPE are usually the best alternatives.

3. Property Rights

Finally, it's essential to consider where your water line must run. If your home is not located directly on the road, then you may already have easements with neighbors for utility lines. This situation can complicate your installation process. The best thing you can do is collect all written property records (including easements) before discussing the issue with your neighbors.

In most cases, you should find an appropriate resolution to allow you to run a new water line, but always keep these factors in mind as you begin. The more you prepare, the more likely you will be to arrive at a solution that is cost-effective for your needs.

To learn more, contact a water line installation contractor.

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