If you are building a new home that's close enough to the city or town nearest you that it could theoretically be connected to the city utility lines, but far enough out that setting up a well water and septic tank system may be a viable option, here are a few reasons why you may want to consider taking the well water and septic tank route instead.
Water Source Location
When connected to a major, shared water source, the source of your water could be multiple miles away from your home. You have little control over how that water is treated or who has access to it. You also have to pay for the cost of routing the water to your home from wherever it is treated in or near the city. With a well, you'll have control over where exactly your water source is placed and can maintain a certain level of control over your water source, along with power over where that water source is placed on your property for the best visual or logistical outcome.
Well Water Costs
After you install your well, there will be costs for maintenance. Depending upon the quality of the water source, you may even need to purchase a water softener to make sure your water tastes clean and fresh and can be adequately used with soap in order to clean your body, hair, and the rest of your home. However, after these initial setup costs, you would incur no revolving fees for using the water. Most of the costs associated with getting water as a utility from a city-owned source is in getting the water to your home. If you're able to simply pull the water up out of the ground, you've done all the work yourself by installing the pump!
Septic System Costs
Like a well, you'll have initial costs for setting up the septic tank system. You will also have costs related to removing solids from the septic tank a few times each year. But beyond these periodic costs, you will not incur any fees for sewage services, as you would if you were connected to the city system. And since septic tank systems work by using used water from areas like your bathroom or kitchen, you don't use extra water from the well just to operate it.
Making use of these efficient, low-cost systems can help make your home more self-sufficient and low cost.
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