So you’re thinking about buying land on Bly Mountain but you’re nervous about how much it might cost to have a well drilled. You may even be worried about whether you’ll even find water on the land you want to buy.
In this article, I’ll be telling you a little about the water situation on the mountain. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get different information regarding this matter. That is why I’m going to show you how you can do a bit of your own research to see how deep or shallow the wells actually are in this location.
Before I do, it’s important for you to understand that you can forget about looking for a lot that has a stream or pond on it. Even if you do find a piece of land that has a seasonal stream, unless you own the water rights, you aren’t allowed to dam or divert that water.
If you’re thinking about buying a lot with a stream and digging a pond to capture that water so you can use it to irrigate your garden with during the summer, think again. That’s just not an option because to my knowledge you won’t be able to purchase a lot and also surface water rights.
This leaves you with two options. The first is to have a well drilled on your property and the second is to install a refillable cistern and haul water to your property. That’s actually what we did for the eight or so years that we lived there.
We had a trailer with a 425 gallon plastic tank in it and we drove to our source of water and filled up there. Then we towed our trailer back to our cabin and transfered that water into our 1,000 gallon cistern.
It’s actually quite common on Bly Mountain for people to haul water in this manner. If you own property on Unit 1, they have a community well that many people use as the source of water when they fill their tanks.
When we lived there, they charged an annual fee to Unit 1 property owners who got water from their well. Residents weren’t paying for water but rather things like maintenance on the pump house and well pump. I believe, but I’m not certain, that in order to get water from the Unit 1 community well, people must have an improved property in that unit.
Don’t take my word for it though, if you’re thinking about buying property in Unit 1 of Klamath Falls Forest Estates, you should check with the powers that be about what the current rules actually are.
People who don’t live in Unit 1 need to find other sources of water if they plan on using a cistern at their home or cabin. Some people make arrangements to get water from friends or neighbors while others haul water from town.
How Deep Are the Water Wells on Bly Mountain?
This is a really tough question to answer because there just isn’t one correct answer. The truth is that the depth of the wells on the mountain vary considerably in different locations.
There is a free website that anyone can use that will show you what I’m talking about. It’s called Oregon Water Resources Department Well Log Query Report.
The way I use it is to go to the website and click on the button that says, “Find T-S-R by Address”. Then I just type the steet name followed by the zip code. Then I click on the button that says, “Lookup”.
This will find the township and range for that particular road, or at least that general location. Next, I click on the button that is labeled “Search”. Following these steps will bring up a report of any wells that have been drilled in that general area.
I’ve included a screenshot that shows an example of what I’m talking about. To get this report, I typed a street name of a road on the mountain and the zip code of 97623. For the sake of privacy, I’ve blacked out the names and address that correspond to each recorded well on the report.
When you look at this screenshot, you’ll see that the report shows that on one lot the well driller first hit water at 117 feet while on another lot, first water was hit at 993 feet. On some of the other lots on the report, it shows a completed depth but it doesn’t show that they ever hit water.
I’m certainly not an expert on well drilling or reading this report but I would assume that in these cases, the well driller didn’t hit water and the property owner didn’t want the driller to continue drilling deeper.
What’s the Bottom Line about Water on Bly Mountain?
The truth is that if anyone tries to tell you the exact depth of how deep you might have to drill if you want a well on your Bly Mountain property, they’re really only guessing. They may be making their guess based on the depth of their well or their friend’s well but it’s still just a guess.
Subsurface water is a funny thing. If you spend a little time searching by different addresses using the website that I told you about, you’ll see for yourself that the depths of wells can be quite different.
If someone tells you that it’s impossible to hit water on Bly Mountain, don’t believe them. Instead, use the Well Log website and see for yourself that people have actually hit water when they drilled for it.
Unfortunately, some of the wells are really deep but then again, some aren’t. I’m certainly not going to try and tell you what depth a driller might have to go to hit water on the mountain. I’m just trying to tell you about a resource you can use to see the historical reported depths of existing wells in the area.
What if You Can’t Afford to Have a Well Drilled?
Let’s face it, not everyone can afford the cost of having a well drilled. We sure couldn’t so we hauled in the water that we used at our cabin and we purchased bottled water for drinking in Klamath Falls.
It would have been awesome if we could have afforded to have our own well drilled but it just wasn’t in the cards for us. That being said, we hauled our water and got along just fine.
The time we spent living on Bly Mountain was amazing and I’m so glad that we didn’t let the fact that we couldn’t afford to drill a well keep us from living there.
Thanks so much for reading BooneyLiving.com! If you would like to know more about what it’s like to live on this mountain, please feel free to take a minute and read my article called, Bly Mountain – The Inside Scoop About Living There