Drill Your Own Water Well… Using Only PVC and Water?

Water wells used to be a common sight in most people’s yards and are still fairly common in more rural areas. But many people have become dependent on “city water” (water piped in from a municipal water source) which leaves them vulnerable should a city-wide power problem occur.

Fortunately, there may be a relatively easy (compared to other options) to dig your own well using only PVC pipe and water.

The first thing to note about this process is that it requires specific types of ground to work. The earth on your property is in layers which include soil, sand, clay, rock, and gravel.

The challenge is that this PVC pipe drill will only work in soil and sand. Once you get to the other levels, you are likely to be dealing with a situation which will take either professional equipment or back-breaking labor. Fortunately, in many parts of the country, good water can be found in the sand layer at only 20 feet below ground level.

Find out how to make the drill, drill the well, and finish off your well here (opens in new tab/window).

Tell us your tips for having access to good, usable water in a survival situation. Comment below.


  • Martin Slazenger

    With well drying up all over the country due to what is said to be a 100 years drought, why would anybody bother drilling a new well?

    • Sara Diablo

      Because you have some PVC pipe laying about and you have nothing better to do, but hey, what if you hit oil.

    • Ronald Matthews

      Ask people in Southern Oklahoma about the drought. They and North Texas have been having flooding because of rainfall, overflowing rivers and reservoirs running over the top spillways. Additionally you can still put down a well with a sand-point in many parts of the middle west.

      • Chris Chambers

        I am not an engineer, but isn’t moving water relatively easy? Seems we should have found a way to divert excess floodwater from floods to drought-stricken areas by now. Yes, lots of water, and long distances, but we surely have the know how. Just sayin’.

        • independent thinker

          The problem is predicting where the excess water will be in any given year or even decade. If you could do that then a network of water moving pipelines could be used to move the excess water to where it is needed. It would be expensive to implement though.

          • Chris Chambers

            Expensive for sure! But how expensive are the floods and loss of life? I know it would be a crazy public works project that the Corps of Engineers would surely mess up, but it seems to make sense (in the big picture…little picture it is quite insane).

        • Gracie Too

          Yes, Chris, it’s amazing that this solution hasn’t been acted on by now! Water pipes could be run along existing rights-of-way (freeways) in many areas. Wouldn’t you think the radicals that want to blow up Calif. dams would jump on this idea? But I guess they wouldn’t get the dams blown up that way…

          • BC

            KOMMIEFORNIE pumps over several millions of gallons of water a day into the pacific. it’s treated gray water that’s supposed to be “good enough to drink.” if anything, put it on the environment, or back into fresh water lakes!

        • Richard Corraro

          The romans did it a few thousnd years ago!


    My dad drove (not drilled) a well over 30 feet deep. He used a well tip, 2″ galvanized pipe, a tall tripod with a rope, pulley and a log from a tree to pound the well into the ground. It took a while, but we have all the water we can use. The well has been in service for over 50 years.

  • Desert Rat

    1TSP. of bleach will purify 1GAL. of water. Build a water catcher. A plastic tarp staked at all four corners and let sag in the middle with a small drain hole in the middle. Water will collect from whatever source on the tarp and drain through the hole to a container

    • steveo

      Thats WAY too much bleach it only requires a few drops per gallon.

      • BC

        it’s a few drops PER QUART. 1 tsp PER GALLON!

        • steveo

          1 quart/1 liter………….. 5 drops
          1/2 gallon/2 quarts …..10 drops
          1 gallon …………………1/4 teaspoon
          5 gallons………………. 1 teaspoon
          10 gallons……………….2 teaspoons
          From: Washington State Dept of Health website. (as well as many others)

  • mike

    the main thing is to find a major stream underneath,, and need to fine info where the main water table is
    that’s the hard part,,i can dig 45 ft and no water,,,but still cant find info on the water table in my area
    and the well diggers wont say or the county people wont say…