The first thing anyone has to know about water well drilling is that it is expensive, the second thing you have to know is that is can be way more expensive than you think. When you initially look into the cost of getting a water well drilled, you can come up with figures anywhere from $1,500 though $15,000 +. You also learn that drilling has a whole bunch of different price levels depending upon the terrain, the substrate and the access, and you generally pay by the foot. This means there is no clear way to estimate the cost of your well without first doing some research and getting some information about the land that you are on.
The first resource you can use is the USGS. They have done extensive research on the land of the country, as well as into groundwater and natural aquifers. Though they do not have detailed underwater maps of every square inch of the country, they do have many other resources including an entire web section on water wells. This will get you the basic information to get your feet wet in the world of water well drilling. At this point you still don’t really know how much your water well is going to cost, so it’s time to call the drilling company or a water survey company. As mentioned before, drillers use a variety of methods in selecting water well sites; some use up-to-date land surveys as well as historical reports on the area, in combination with favorable formations in the landscape. One of the other most time tested yet obscure methods is known as dowsing or more commonly witching, where a person walks the ground with a “Y” or “L” shaped stick in an attempt to “magically” find water. The method has a surprising success rate considering there is no scientific proof that it works, or that dowsers are that lucky.
The other way you can go is to spend a little money up front to know how much money you are going to have to spend going down. This is where you can use the services of a ground water survey company. Using a qualified ground water surveying company is less expensive than a well driller’s exploratory test spots, in many cases. Groundwater surveying uses the latest technologies to determine the depth, size, yield and quality of the potential well site. With an affordable advanced seismoelectric survey, the rest of the project can be accurately forecast, potentially saving tens of thousands of dollars. Be smart with your water well drilling and get the information you need before the ground eating money monster starts charging you by the foot!
We work for you so you know where the water is before a driller drills. Using the best in today’s technology, the practice of a seismic survey prior to having well drillers on site saves you time and money. Contact us today to learn more.