Definition: What is a Sandpoint Well

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC 27-01262

A Sandpoint Well is a shallow water well source obtained from no more then 25' below the ground.  In areas where the ground under the soil is quite sandy and there exists a high water table Sandpoint Wells have in the past, and still can be found in use today, for potable and non-potable uses.

Watering Lawn with a Sandpoint Well

Sandpoint Wells have fallen out of favour in urban area in modern times for potable useage due to the contamination that occurs in ground water from all manner of sources from chemical fertilizers to septic contamination.  For these reasons today, most new Sandpoint Wells are in rural areas or used in areas where domestic municipal water charges are high and consumers want an inexpensive and reliable source to irrigate lawns, crops or other such uses.  Therefore sandpoints can be an excellent way to water your lawn! Even undrinkable water can be made potable using reverse osmosis filtration and ultraviolet water treatment.  Softeners may also be required depending on your local water hardness from dissolved minerals.  Of course all this costs money and has ongoing costs as well which may make a drilled well to depth all the more practical.

A Sandpoint Well


Sandpoint Well diagram

For more details on how to make a Sandpoint Well and more pictures check out this link with an excellent article on how to Do it Yourself: Sandpoint Well Project.

Another excellent reference can be found courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources, State of Wisconsin: Driven Point (Sandpoint) Wells.


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Liz Moras
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake - Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford

Well isn't that interesting!  Hopefully we can get together for that tour when I get back from Texas the week of the 20th! -)

Jan 08, 2009 03:30 PM #1
Scott Leaf Personal Real Estate Corporation
Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC - Port Coquitlam, BC
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LOL, I always see that 'Sandpoint' checkoff on the MLS data input sheet and never really knew what the heck one was.  Today I found a home in Deroche that actually has a 'Sandpoint' water source.  So the quick self-tutorial ensued...


You're off again!?  They are working you like a rented mule!

Jan 08, 2009 03:37 PM #2
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Scott- Where are you located at? In our town, we have a law that says that all lawns must be watered from a well or from a lake or canal. No city water for lawn watering. We get water when you go down about 4 feet here! We are at sea level! Our water aquafills are very shallow and that is drinking water too:) We have a reverse osmosis system for our whole house.

Jan 08, 2009 04:02 PM #3
Scott Leaf Personal Real Estate Corporation
Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC - Port Coquitlam, BC
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Katerina in the oasis of British Columbia, especially along the coast, water is plentiful, sometimes too plentiful for weeks on end and in torrents that makes Easterners get melancholy for snow.

In the coastal temperate rainforests of B.C., large mountain lakes of fresh water flow from protected watersheds in the mountains just north of the Lower Mainland and Lower Fraser River Valley to provide the bulk of British Columbia's coastal population with water.

Elsewhere in the province the rocky terrain make Sandpoints difficult to use except for agricultural purposes in fields but they are very rare if not non-existent in the Vancouver area.  The rural interior of British Columbia's drinking needs are mainly served by true, dug or drilled wells of depth, the water quality in the interior can very greatly from acidic to alkaline butis rarely trully contaminated.

The well at my Cabin in Tulameen British Columbia has a 35' dug well with exceptional water that flows underground in an old river swail from the clear clean waters of the Tulameen river 1 block away.  Filteration of this water would never be considered.

We take water for granted around these parts due to it's seemingly endless supply so your comments should remind us all of how lucy we really are here.



Jan 08, 2009 04:46 PM #4
Teal Baverstock

Great info blog!  Found in very useful when needing a quick reference.  Thanks!

Sep 20, 2010 04:09 AM #5
Scott Leaf Personal Real Estate Corporation
Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC - Port Coquitlam, BC
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your welcome Teal!

Sep 20, 2010 05:41 AM #6
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