My wife and I will be building a new cottage on a lake, and need to determine out best option for sourcing water. This is quite probably discussed elsewhere here, however in that I know absolutely nothing about the subject, I'm probably not searching for the right terms. Hence, if someone can point me to any articles or posts that do discuss this already, please let me know.
Our initial assumption was that we would pump water from the lake (as many of the other property owners on the lake do currently). The cottage will be about 19.5m (~65') from the top of the beach; the lake is quite shallow in front of the property; there is, in fact, something of a sandbar in front of our property. This is relevant as the cottage is in rural Quebec, and we wish to make the property four-season. Hence, whatever pipe we run to the lake will need to run out far enough into to be at a point that is beneath the winter freeze depth. In other words, the hose will probably need to be very long.
Someone has more recently mentioned that we might want to consider a sandpoint/driven well. According to our neighbour, whose property is roughly the same distance from the water line, he routinely gets a few inches of water in his 4' crawlspace basement in the Spring. This, I assume, means that the water table is not very deep.
What we're trying to find is some kind of pro/con list comparing these two options. My uneducated guess is that the sandpoint would be probably considerably less expensive (no heated pipe heading way out into the lake). What I don't know is the disadvantage of the sandpoint well. The articles that I have found talk about the easy contamination due to shallowness, but if we're comparing against drawing lake water, then that argument is no longer relevant: we would probably be looking at a UV purification system (or comparable solution) either way.
Any thoughts or tips would be most welcome!