Description: Living in a drought-prone area and being reliant on well water can mean that your taps might run dry. Here’s how a water surveyor company can help you keep the water flowing in your home.
These days, drought is a fact of life for millions of Americans. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, over 71 million Americans are living in areas affected by drought. Drought affects 38% of US land area. Currently, 20 states are categorized as being in extreme drought and 27 states are in a severe drought.
How Drought Affects the Water Table
During times of normal rainfall, rainwater seeps into the ground and replenishes the groundwater. The water table stays at a relatively stable level, rising slightly in seasons of higher precipitation and lowering slightly in drier seasons. During a drought, the ground water is not replenished and the water table starts to lower. If your well is drilled near the top of the water table, you could find your well starting to dry up after years of drought.
What to Do If Your Well Is Drying Up
There are a few reasons why a well could stop producing adequate water. The well itself could be malfunctioning and needs to be repaired. Water pumps stop working just like any other mechanical device. Well pressure tanks also need to be replaced periodically.
Sometimes, the water table is temporarily lowered and short-term water conservation measures can be put in place until the water table rises again. If the water shortage only happens when your household has high demands on water (showers, laundry, dishes, etc.), then temporary water conservation measures can be effective. These measures can help to bridge the gap between the dry season and the wetter season.
If your well is functioning properly, and the water shortage is not temporary, then the water table level is probably a more permanent problem due to drought. There are a few things you can do to access water, but first you need to hire a water surveyor company.
How a Water Survey Can Help
In order to find out what is going on deep underground, you need to bring in an expert water surveyor company. They use state-of-the-art equipment to detect where the groundwater is located, how deep it is and some information about the quality of the water.
The water surveyor will come to your property and use specialized data collection equipment to locate the water deep underground. They will then analyze the information and produce a comprehensive report.
This comprehensive water survey report can help you decide if you need to deepen your well or drill a well in an entirely new location. If you deepen your well, a water survey can accurately tell you how deep to go to find a reliable water source. If you drill a new well, your water survey can tell you where to drill and how deep it should be.
If you need a water survey, American Water Surveyors are the ones to call. We use top-of-the-line technology to find groundwater before you start to drill. We can give accurate estimates on groundwater depth, yields and suitability. Getting this information before drilling will save you time and money. American Water Surveyors provides you with invaluable information that can help you to drill a well that will last through years of drought.
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