Rural Water Systems – Intro

You can’t have horses on your property without a reliable source of water.

Parcels large enough for horses are usually not connected to the public water system.

So you have to provide your own water.

You must be able to give your horse clean fresh water daily, hot or cold, rain or shine.


A rural water system will likely have these components:

  • Well
  • Pump
  • Pressure  switch
  • Tanks
  • Filters
  • Softener
  • Charcoal bed
  • UV unit
  • Power supply
  • Piping
  • Shed

Here’s what you might see in warmer climates (small risk of freezing temperatures for more than 8 to 12 hours).  Well, pressure tank & switch, power supply & piping exposed to the elements.

Other measures are required for colder climates, to be considered in subsequent posts.


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