Comparison Between Well and Cistern Drilling

Check out the installation cost of wells and cisterns at Summers Drilling Ltd. You can also get to know whether they will be in good shape after 20 years. Compare and analyze both to find out the most reliable solution for you. After analyzing the detail in the table below, you will find that a water well is better than a cistern in terms of cost and features. Call us today to learn more.

Water Well



Average Installation Cost


Install Cost of 3300 Gallon Cistern$16,500.00 

Biyearly Chlorination

$350 X 10

$3,500.00 One New Pump (over 20 years)$1,800.00 
One New Pump (over 20 years) installed$2,000.00 

Biyearly Cleaning of Tank $650 X 10

One New Pressure Tank$800.00 New Pressure Tank


  Water delivering at today’s price for a family of four – Average yearly cost $3600 X 20$72,000.00 


$22,300.00 Total $97,600.00 
After 20 years After 20 years 

Well is still in good shape due to PVC casing and groundwater recharge

 Cistern will need to be replaced due to erosion 
Never have to run out of water Limited supply of water  
No water trucks in your yard Water trucks continually pounding out your driveway 

Unlimited household water use

 Cistern is easily contaminated 
Safer, ground water is much safer than surface water sources Standing water is never a good thing 
Even city water has pharmaceuticals in it after treatment If you took the money ($70,000) difference and invested it, it could double or triple in twenty years 
No one entering your yard to fill cistern when you're not home   
Always fresh water   


Summers Drilling Ltd

4405 50 Street

Stony Plain, AB CA

T7Z 1L5

Phone: 780-963-1282


Fax: 780-963-8725



Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Emergency appointments available


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