Drilling a groundwater well takes both skill and knowledge. Not just knowledge of the equipment being used, but also knowledge of the area and the signs of where to look for a successful well site.

Simple signs such as permanent vegetation in an otherwise barren area can indicate a water source not far underground. Regardless of if you are paying for a well to be dug or are digging it yourself, you can save both time and money by knowing where to successfully drill your well on the first attempt.


Even though wells are now tapped directly to your home, the closer your well is to your home, the more convenient it will be for you. This being said, there are still certain distances a well needs to be away from a building. Convenience becomes even more necessary for standalone wells that will be manually operated. If you are drilling a well for livestock or agriculture, you will want your well located within a reasonable distance from where you need to water supply to be used. There is a fine balance between placing a well in a convenient location and still having it drilled directly into a good water supply.


Surface contamination has a big effect on underground water resources. While the ground does act as a natural filter, factors such contaminants or changes in rainfall will affect both the quality and the taste of the water from your well. Agriculture feedlots and industrial buildings contain large amounts of contaminants that mix with rainwater. These contaminants soak into the ground, entering the underground aquifers and your well water. Even outhouses or other drilled wells can pose a risk to purity of your water. Certain steps can be taken to minimize contamination risks by carefully positioning the drilled wells around these types of hazards.


The type of aquifer that you will be drilling into will determine how well your water supply will work. Some aquifers will dry up in during certain times of the year, which will result in a non-productive well. It is extremely important to know the type of rock the aquifer is made of and the history of the water supply running through it. A good well would be drilled directly in an aquifer that has a consistent and full supply of water.

Knowing where to drill a groundwater well is just as important as knowing how to drill it. By having the knowledge of the water beneath you, you minimize the risk and extra expense of a failed or dry well.

At American Water Surveyors, we specialize in finding water. This knowledge about your water supply will help ensure that your well is drilled properly, the first time. Our advanced equipment helps to quickly and efficiently locate the best possible areas for you to drill. wefindwater.com