The cost depends on many factors so the question is similar to how much does a car or a house cost if you ask in general terms. It all depends on the factors at play. For wells, some of the factors include the depth the well needs to be to reach a reliable supply of groundwater. The deeper the well the more expensive it will be to drill and to fit it with a larger pump to lift the water out of the hole. Another factor is the hardness of the geology which determines the type of equipment required to drill. Hard rock requires more expensive equipment and energy. The distance from home base determines the cost for mobilizing and de-mobilizing the team, equipment and material. Generally speaking, shallow wells with manual percussion drilling will cost about $6,000 while wells up to 90 meters in depth will be over $25,000. More complete water systems including solar applications may cost around $100,000, but they serve many more people. This cost is all-inclusive of getting approvals, establishing a Water Use Committee to oversee long-term maintenance and community training in sanitation and hygiene.
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