Water is a very important aspect of life; everybody needs it to survive. When you are developing a new property or looking to replace a well that has gone dry, then you need to understand that it is an involved process with heavy machinery and bodily risks involved. However, with a little bit of preparation, and using the right professional services, you can ensure that nobody gets hurt when safely digging a new water well site.

Before Drilling

Preparation for a well dig for water is very important, since you need to hire out the services you need to use to dig a well; and that doesn’t mean just finding a well drilling service. Knowing where to dig is a huge factor whether it’s a home, commercial, or industrial property. There are many services out there, but one of your best options is to use water finding technology that is available from American Water Surveyors (AWS). By taking advantage of EKS technology, AWS can perform an in-depth survey of a property to find the ideal location for a well based on the flow rate you need for your operation, even if a drought hits. Knowing where to dig is important to the safety of the crew that is drilling the well, as they need to know whether the area is stable enough underground to drill (unexpected large pockets of air or gas could be deadly with collapses, or worse).

You also need to ensure that the water is safe to use, taking samples from the area to check for heavy metals, bacteria counts, contaminations from runoff, etc.

During the Drilling

During the drilling process, it’s important that everybody that on site is using the proper protective gear and understands all the safety precautions that are in place. There should be no extra people on site, especially near the equipment (even as the property owner, you will be asked to stand back while the drilling is in progress.) Only trained professionals should be running a well drill, as it is dangerous equipment that when used improperly can cause injury or death. While the drill is drilling the hole, watertight casing made from new materials is used to ensure that the ground will not collapse into the hole, and a sealing material will be placed around the casing to keep out contaminants. Venting is also put into place to ensure any trapped dangerous gases can be safely dispersed before the well is fully capped and put into use.

After the Drilling

Once the drilling process is completed, the well must be capped in some form, most often a watertight cover will be used, although sometimes a vermin-proof well cap may be placed on. Any and all machinery used in the construction of the well, as well as any extra materials, must be safely removed from the site before it is considered completed. Sometimes drilling fluids or other materials may fall into the well water, and must be removed. Records must be made of the dig and distributed to all parties that require them (purchaser, owner, local or state government environmental offices, etc.). The water should be tested for its flow and yield rate, and fully tested for contaminants before it is allowed to be used by the property owner.

American Water Surveyors is your best choice for finding a safe and reliable source of water for a well on your property. Contact us today.

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