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The Benefits of a Water Finding Company

When it comes to finding water, we have come a long way as a society. We used to rely on fairly primitive technology, even up until a few decades ago, but the modern water finding company is transforming this important practice. If you cannot connect to a local water supply and need to find a clean, safe and reliable water source on your land, you need to call a professional water finding company. Here are just a few reasons why they can help you find the water you need.

  1. They Have the Latest Technology

When it comes to finding water hidden deep underground, the best water finding companies use the latest technology. While holding a stick out and “divining” water may have been popular a few hundred years ago, today, water finding companies use sound waves and electronic pulses to discover water underground. With their technology, they can send pulses deep underground and read what is underneath your feet, and when they discover a source of water, they can determine its size and reliability without digging up your land.

Many of the best water finding companies are using the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument. It has better, more accurate readings than most comparable equipment, and it’s portable, making it ideal for rural projects.

  1. They Can Save Your Land

Speaking of the latest water finding technology, it also helps reduce the amount of digging required to find water on your land. As a result, your land won’t be dug up repeatedly in the hopes that water will be discovered. Instead, the well drillers will know exactly where to dig without having to drill dry wells or exploratory holes.

  1. They Will Save You Money

With less digging, your land will not only stay more picturesque, it will also help you save money. Less digging means less labor and, as a result, less money out of your pocket spent on possible water sources. Thanks to the latest technology, water finding companies are actually reducing their costs and increasing their efficiency, helping more people find the water supplies they need for much less money than even a few years ago.

  1. The Sources are Often More Reliable

Thanks to modern water finding techniques, the underground sources being discovered are often of a higher quality and reliability than older sources. That means your water well could last longer and provide a cleaner, safer supply than what was possible as little as a decade ago.

At the end of the day, water finding companies can help you discover a clean, reliable source of water on your land. They can do it quickly, efficiently, with little intrusion on your property, and at a much lower cost than you may imagine. If you cannot connect to a local water supply and are in need of water on your land, then be sure to call an experienced water finding company. They can help you find the right source that will meet your needs, and exceed your expectations.

May 19, 2017 at 7:52 am Comments (0)

What to Know Before you Drill for Water in Nebraska

Water drilling regulations vary by State. It is important that you are familiar with the drilling regulations for your local area. Failure to follow these regulations can result in hefty fines and penalties. Not knowing your local regulations prior to drilling will not be taken into account if you are being penalized.

Nebraska contains the largest aquifer in the United States. The Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, covers almost all of the underground surface of Nebraska, as well as portions of another seven states. This well-used aquifer provides ground water to over 80 percent of the population living in the High Plains area. Drilling regulations for this aquifer must be adhered too, to both monitor and preserve the use of this valuable resource.

If you drill for water in the State of Nebraska, you are required to register your well. Registration information includes, but is not limited to, well depth, well location and ground sediment. Well contractors are responsible for registering any ground water wells that they dig. Private property well owners are responsible for registering any wells dug on their land prior to 1993 that had not been registered. Wells must be dug at least 600 feet away from any well owned by another private owner. Wells must be at least 1,000 feet away from commercial or industrial wells or public water supply.

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources keeps an updated database of wells. The database is available for public use. If you need information on your well, this is a great place to start. Any changes to wells, including change of ownership, once registered, must be updated with the Department of Natural Resources by writing. The fees collected from well registration go towards a cost sharing program for decommissioning ground water wells.

In addition to drilling regulations, there are requirements for the well itself. The Well Water Standards program provides onsite well inspections for compliance with drilled water wells. There is a strict standard of materials and drilling processes that must be followed for both the safety of the contractors and the land owners, as well as the protection of the surrounding environment. Well material requirements must be known and followed in order for compliance to be achieved.

Keeping informed of the drilling and well requirements can be a full time job. Knowing where to drill, how to drill and what papers to file can be a daunting process before the drilling even commences. This is a job best left to those that do it for a living. At American Water Surveyors, we specialize in locating underground water and showing the best areas to drill. Before you drill, contact us for our specialized water finding services. We can help make this daunting task a simple and easy process.

May 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm Comments (0)

The Ins and Out of Water Well Drilling in Colorado (and why you need to know where the water is before you drill)

When you are drilling water wells in Colorado, it is important to know where the water is before you drill. Knowing the depth and yield before you drill a water well can save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. When you hire someone to drill a water well for you, they will get paid by the foot as they drill. This money is earned whether they hit water or not! At American Water Surveyors, we are a water finding service that costs far less than drilling test wells or dry wells, and we pride ourselves on being a premier service provider in the water finding industry.

How We Find Water

Using the world’s leading edge technology to measure groundwater depths and yields, we are able to find water in Colorado, before digging any costly wells. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second. In the past, the only ways that were thought to be effective methods of finding water were those that employed the use of a “water witch” or “dowser”. This process involves an individual holding a Y-shaped twig or metal rods held in both hands with a single branch facing outwards. This individual walks over the ground where the water is most likely to be found, and if the twig wavers or drops down, the water source is reputed to be below. These people were simply magicians who claimed to have some kind of divine powers of determining where to drill at a particular location. Even in modern times, this may be one of the only forms of magic still trusted by large proportions of the adult population, although there is no proof that such methods actually work. Our methods for locating groundwater supplies in advance of drilling is purely based on physics, not magic, and these methods have a proven track record of success.

Finding Groundwater in Colorado

Drilling for fresh water can be a very time consuming and expensive process. Before partaking in any costly drilling that runs the risk of producing zero results, call American Water Surveyors to find the perfect location to drill the water well you need. We will conduct an affordable groundwater survey on your property before you drill. You need to know where the water is before you drill, to avoid any costly mistakes including drilling a well where there is no reliable source of water available. Today’s highly technological practices of finding groundwater sources are much more credible than water dowsing. Using portable discovery and drilling equipment, including advanced seismic exploration instruments, we are able to see the fluids in rock and soil. Our method detects water in a reliable manner, and is also able to gauge the depth and anticipated yield of the water sources found. Geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all used when determining the best locations to begin the drilling process. We will travel anywhere in the United States to assist our clients, including Colorado! If you would like to dig your next water well with confidence, contact us today to learn more!

April 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm Comments (0)

Know Before You Drill: The Pros of Knowing Where the Water Is Before You Drill a Well

There are a number of ways to determine where water is located on your property, but when it comes time to drill a well, there are only a few methods that will actually guarantee you a successful (and clean) yield. It may seem like an expensive and time consuming extra step, but choosing a professional water finding service that can site your water supply for you is essential. Here are just a few of the reasons it’s a good idea to know where the water is before you start drilling.

  • Timmy fell down the well? …Which one?

If you don’t know where your water is before you start drilling, you could end up with an extra well—or five. The down-side is that they will be dry, and that the well you finally end up with still might not be drawing from the most efficient or even the cleanest source on your property. This is a frustrating part of skipping the prep-work of drilling your well, but more than just adding time and expense to your bill, it also creates a significant safety hazard. Timmy didn’t fall down the well in Lassie just to be dramatic; the accident made the show because it’s a very real concern—especially when you have a number of “test” wells, or dry wells, scattered about your property. One well can be concerning enough for parents of overly mischievous children, but you at least want to know which well Timmy fell into when Lassie comes running.

  • The Whack-a-mole look is a little passé—not to mention overpriced.

In addition to the safety concern, it is also more than a little unsightly to have a property that is riddled with holes—and unless you are planning to start up a game of giant golf and open up your doors for the tourist dollars, there isn’t much practical use you can gain from the added expense of your failed wells.

  • Who turned out the lights?

Part of siting your property’s water source includes a bit of surveying, too. That means checking property plans and using seismoelectrics to explore where the best locations are to drill. Without that prep work, you could end up hitting a few of the less desirable things that may be buried underground—like electric wires, for instance, which would be extremely dangerous to run into unbeknownst, not to mention the cost of having to get someone out to restore power to your home or garage.

  • Old faithful is only charming when it’s water you end up covered in.

Of course, electric wires, phone lines, and even television and internet cables aren’t the only things that might get buried underground. If you aren’t careful, you could end up hitting an old sewage line—and no one wants to be the one who has to realize that it isn’t water raining down on them.

  • This water tastes funny.

There are a lot of places you can drill a well where you might get lucky and hit a water source—but you really shouldn’t. A professional water finding company can study the water sources on your property—and the potential sources of contamination that might be nearby—to make sure the water you end up drilling into is safe, healthy, and free from the contaminants of nearby roads, gardens, septic systems, barnyard wastes, or fuel tanks.

  • Becoming master of the five-second shower isn’t as cool as it’s cracked up to be.

Finally, when you drill a well, you aren’t just looking to hit water; you are looking to hit an adequate yield of water. A professional water finding company can help you determine how much water you need to draw from your well to satisfy the needs of your home or business, and can then help you site the most efficient, high quality, and high yielding source on your property.

American Water Surveyors can help you save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by using the most advanced water finding techniques to measure groundwater depths and yields, perform surface mapping, and thus effectively source clean, fresh, high-yielding groundwater supplies before you start drilling your well. It’s the best way to get the well you need without the hassle of excess drilling. Call us today to get started.

March 30, 2017 at 7:00 am Comments (0)

Well Drilling Technology: Sometimes It’s Not About the Machines

If you’re thinking about drilling a well, you’ll want to choose the right drilling technology in order to cause the least amount of damage to your property and to yield the highest amount of a fresh, clean water supply.

Most drillers identify themselves according to their method of drilling. There are cable drillers, auger drillers, mud rotary drillers, and environmental geotechnical drillers. Each method requires a unique set of tools, techniques and a specialized knowledge base. While many drillers adopt a singular method of drilling and become experts in that field, other drillers perform multiple methods of drilling, and can operate a variety of well drilling technologies.

Conscientious Drilling

As people become more aware of environmental issues, greater care is taken to develop well drilling technologies that will minimize damage to the earth. For example, an increasing number of companies are manufacturing “small footprint rigs” and power sources that require less fuel to operate and produce fewer emissions. These state-of-the-art eco-conscious technologies also tend to be more efficient and produce less noise, and have been proven to be safer to operate than other more traditional technologies.

Before you start drilling, it’s important that you do your research to get a sense of the history and geography of the area. Has a well even existed on the property before? Did it produce a clean and sustainable water source? What types of rock or sediments will you have to drill through?

Doing your research will not only help you decide which drilling technique to use, but it will also prevent you from drilling a well on land unlikely to yield a fresh and clean water source. This will save you time and money, and will also save on unnecessary damage and pollution to the environment. To know where the water is before you drill, and therefore save yourself time, money and hassles, contact American Water Surveyors.

New Advances

There are a number of new and amazing well drilling technologies out there today. Multiple researchers are finding ways to develop the coolest, most efficient, and most environmentally-friendly well-drilling technologies. Drillers now use lasers, plasma and even water jet rock cutting. A technology called hydropthermal spallation allows drillers to use a large, downhole burner, similar to a jet engine, to apply high heat to the rock face. Electrical plasma techniques are based on crushing rocks and other hard materials by the irradiation of plasma with – get this – temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Celsius! Many researchers and manufacturers are developing new and exciting well drilling technologies by mirroring the natural processes of the earth.

Our water locating equipment is just as technology-focused as these new and exciting drilling methods. No matter how great the method is, if you don’t know where the water is before you drill, you will waste money and time. Before you drill for water, contact us. For more information about American Water Surveyors, email info@wefindwater.com. You can also visit our website at www.wefindwater.com or call us at 877-SEISMOI (734-7661). We are more than happy to respond to all of your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you! Happy drilling!

March 9, 2017 at 11:02 am Comments (0)

Groundwater: The Facts You Need to Know

Are you looking at developing a plot of land, constructing a new home or building or installing a well? If so, you’ll know that something you have to consider is the presence, volume and quality of groundwater. Groundwater is present all around us and can affect land development, yet there are so many pervasive myths and misunderstandings about it. Here the top facts that you should know about groundwater.

Groundwater Fact #1: Groundwater is defined as water that occurs underground in cracks and pores in soil and rock, below the topsoil layer. Groundwater travels naturally via aquifers, which are geological formations in the ground.

Groundwater Fact #2: Groundwater is not the water found in rivers, lakes or other bodies of water. It only occurs in the aforementioned small spaces in the ground. It gets there when rain and melting snow and ice seep into the ground, beyond the top layers of soil.

Groundwater Fact #3: Some aquifers are so large they supply water to hundreds of thousands—and even millions—of people. For example, the Edwards aquifer in Texas supplies water for nearly two million people. The Mahomet Aquifer in Illinois supplies water to over 800,000 people.

Groundwater Fact #4: Humans are highly dependent on groundwater. Of all the water on earth, only 1 percent is available or suitable for human use, and of that 1 percent, 99 percent is groundwater. That’s a lot of groundwater that we’re using!

Groundwater Fact #5: Rural households are the most dependent on groundwater for drinking water than urban residents. This is because many rural homes rely on groundwater to supply their wells with water, though most wells are drilled or dug deep enough to also draw water from further below the groundwater level.

Groundwater Fact #6: Like water from any other source, groundwater may naturally contain unwanted substances and have to go through treatment before it’s deemed safe to drink. Some of the most common substances found naturally in groundwater include calcium, magnesium, salt and iron.

Groundwater Fact #7: Groundwater may also be contaminated because of human activity. Oil and chemical spills, pesticides and agricultural runoff can all cause groundwater to become unsafe for human use until it goes through a remediation process.

Groundwater Fact #8: Groundwater doesn’t just hydrate humans—it keeps bodies of water from going thirsty as well. Groundwater serves as a recharger for rivers and lakes, topping them up and helping to maintain levels.

These are just a few of the many interesting facts about groundwater. To learn more about groundwater, and the importance of knowing the volume, depth and yield of groundwater sources before you call the well drillers, visit American Water Surveyors today.

February 16, 2017 at 8:28 am Comments (0)

Understanding Seismoelectrics and Making this Technology Work for You

Finding Groundwater Sources

Do you know how to go about locating a groundwater source, before you call in the well drillers? Although drilling is an effective method of finding groundwater, it is also very costly. Even when water is found using this method, it is difficult to determine the yield and depth of the groundwater source. Divining water sources using a “water witch”, is kind of like a “magician” telling you what location is best suited for drilling, is extremely risky, although it is a practice that is still used today. Relying on a stick or a “feeling” to locate groundwater can cost you dearly. You are charged by the foot whether or not a driller drills a dry well, and without knowing how much water is in the location of your choice, you can quickly pump your well dry during an emergency or through prolonged use.

The Technology of Seismoelectrics

Rather than leaving it all up to magic, placing your faith in physics will lead you to the groundwater sources that you need. Seismoelectrics is the modern technique of choice when it comes to locating groundwater sources, and is much more dependable and informative than past techniques ever were. The GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument detects electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. The depths from which these signals originate can also be estimated. In order to estimate water table depth, the downward transition from a disordered signal geometry to signals having a focused radial symmetry are noted. The lateral variability of aquifers is mapped by calculating systematic surveys along traverses or in grids. Used in conjunction with a seismic source that creates sharp sound pulses, the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument can determine where and how the sound is moving. There are various factors that contribute to the collection of pertinent data, including: signal strength as a function of all three spatial coordinates and time, power line noise field strength, antenna impedance, as well as source and receiver coupling. All of this and more allows for the accurate mapping of groundwater sources, including the depth and yield without taking part in any unnecessary digging. With this technology you can tell your well drillers exactly where to drill, and be confident that you will get the highest yielding location for a well.

Contact American Water Surveyors Today

Do not start any costly drilling before determining the groundwater depth, yield and suitability for your potential well. At American Water Surveyors, we use state-of-the- art technology to ensure that you will find the groundwater you need. Call today to save time, money and headaches. Don’t guess where the water is; be sure by relying on our seismoelectric technology. Visit us online, call us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661), or email us at info@wefindwater.com today to find out more information.

February 3, 2017 at 10:01 am Comments (0)

When the Well Runs Dry (in a First World Country)

Despite what you may think, access to water is not always a third-world problem. When you don’t do your due diligence before drilling a well, you are actually risking your future access to water. Large cities and densely populated areas have piped water, but everyone else is reliant upon wells to provide them with fresh water. Groundwater often provides clean fresh water via wells, but it is very important to properly plan for such wells, in order to avoid any disaster in the future.

What Happens When a Well Runs Dry?

Groundwater is located within aquifers, below the Earth’s surface, and is an important natural resource. These aquifers are especially needed in areas, such as the arid West, which has an extremely limited supply of fresh water from any other source. The water level in a well depends upon the depth of the well, the type of aquifer that the well utilizes, the amount and rate of pumping that occurs in the aquifer, the permeability of the underground rock surrounding the well, and the amount of recharge that occurs as a result of precipitation or artificial recharge.

When one states that a well has “gone dry”, they mean that the water level has dropped below the pump intake. Just because a groundwater well has gone dry, this does not mean that it is permanent. The water level within a well that has gone dry may come back over time, as the aquifer is recharged via precipitation, or the pumping of the aquifer is lessened.

Access to Well Water During Drought

Droughts have a severe impact on the levels of water available within a well. The water levels within the aquifers that supply these wells do not stay the same for long. Any variation in weather or temperature can have an effect, including droughts and extreme rainfall. It is also important to consider, before drilling a well, how many people are going to be dependent upon it. If the well is pumped at a faster rate than the aquifer around it is recharged, the water levels in the well will begin to deplete. This often happens during drought, due to the lack of rain, however, it is an important consideration to keep in mind before drilling. The water level within a well can also deplete as a result of the other wells in the area withdrawing too much water. This is why it is important to locate groundwater and get an estimate of the depth and yield in the location before you drill a well.

American Water Surveyors

American Water Surveyors use the best state-of-the-art technologies in order to find groundwater depth, yields, and suitability before you partake in any costly well drilling. Choosing an affordable groundwater survey will not only lessen costs, but will also take the guesswork out of drilling for water. Depending on antiquated techniques, such as drilling experimental wells or divining water sources, is very dangerous Since you have no concept of the yield available to you, during an emergency, you will risk pumping the groundwater surrounding you to the point of near depletion.

We have completed over 575 ground water surveys in 20 different states. It is very simple; at American Water Surveyors, we find water, guaranteed. Be prepared in the event of an emergency, and do not let the fear of having your well run dry destroy your peace of mind. Visit us online, call us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661), or email us at info@wefindwater.com today to find out more information.

January 18, 2017 at 6:41 am Comments (0)

Well Water Trivia

Well water is often taken for granted. Water is a resource that we cannot live without, but in most developed regions, little thought is given to where it comes from and the longevity of that water supply. From the moment we wake up, until we are fast asleep at night, we use water in one form or another, but how good is your knowledge about the water you use?

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If you drank eight glasses of water per day from a tap, what would the average cost per year be?

Answer: Approximately $0.40.

If you drank eight glasses of water per day from bottle, what would the average cost per year be?

Answer: Approximately $1400.

How much water is leaked by the New York water system daily?

Answer: Approximately 36 million gallons.

What were the first water pipes in the United States made from?

Answer: Wood.

If you combined the water pipes and aqueducts in Canada and the United States, how many miles long would these systems be?

Answer: Approximately 1 million miles, enough to circle the earth 40 times.

What is one way to determine if a chicken egg is fresh or stale?

Answer: A fresh egg with sink in water. A stale egg with float in water.

What temperature does water freeze?

Answer: 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

What temperature does water evaporate?

Answer: 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is frozen water lighter than liquid water?

Answer: Yes, 9% lighter, this is why ice floats.

What room in a house uses the most water?

Answer: Your bathroom. It uses almost 50% of the daily household water consumption.

Which liquid can dissolve the most substances?

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Answer: Water dissolves the most substances, surpassing even sulphuric acid. This shows the full effect of pollutants contaminating our water supplies.

Where does one quarter of the bottled water come from?

Answer: From municipal services, the same place as tap water in urban areas.

What three forms is water naturally found in?

Answer: Solid, liquid and gas. Water is the only substance in the world found naturally in all three forms.

How many gallons of water does the average household use per day?

Answer: Over 100 gallons.

How much water does a dairy cow need to drink in order to produce one gallon of milk?

Answer: Four gallons.

How much water does it take to produce one ton of steel?

Answer: Approximately 62,000 gallons.

As you can see, water affects us daily. Even if you are not using water at an exact moment, chances are that you are using a product that needed water to be manufactured or produced.

Many Americans in rural areas have their own water supply. American Water Surveyors uses expert knowledge and technology to locate underground water sources and estimate the depth and yield of the supply, ensuring that homeowners never dig (and pay for) a dry well. Contact us today if you have a well to dig. One call saves you time, headaches and money.

January 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm Comments (2)

What is the Best Time of Year to Drill a Well and Other Well Questions Answered

drilling rigPeople drill wells on their property for various reasons. Sometimes it’s the only option available on a rural property. Some want to take advantage of the fact the majority of the earth’s fresh water lives underground. Some families want to live as sustainably as possible or live off the grid, so a well on their property gives them freedom and autonomy. Whatever the reason, drilling a well requires research and preparation. Before you get started, there are probably questions you have about when—at what point in the construction process and what time of year—the well should be drilled.

The Construction Process

Do you drill a well on an empty lot? Do you drill it in the middle of the house construction process? Or is it possible to wait until the house is complete before you start drilling? In some situations we might recommend that you get the well done as early as possible; however, it is possible to drill at almost any time during the process, if it’s done properly.

Time of Year

You might also be asking, what is the best time of year to drill a well? There are some variables that can affect the answer, the biggest being where your property is located. In a warm climate with limited temperature fluctuation throughout the year, you can drill at any time. However, if you live in a colder, four-season climate, your drilling company might have a preference to drill in warmer seasons when conditions are more favorable for outdoor work, and there is no snow and ice to deal with. With that being said, many well drilling companies are comfortable and equipped to drill in winter; the hard, frozen ground is no different from drilling through rock, which is a common occurrence in any climate or location. Other companies might be fine with cold but hesitant in wet conditions when the rain can make the ground muddy, slippery and unstable, putting the safety of workers and equipment at risk.

Ask Away!

Questions and uncertainty are normal parts of having a well drilled on your property. In fact, asking those questions is an important part of the process, so don’t be afraid to ask! At American Water Surveyors, we use technology to locate the water and estimate the depth and yield of the flow before the well drillers arrive. When you can tell the drillers exactly where to drill, you don’t run the risk of paying for a dry or substandard well. When you’re getting ready to drill a well on your property, get in touch with us. Knowing where to drill saves you time, money and hassle.

December 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm Comments (0)

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