No matter the reason for you needing to find a water source on your property, it’s important that you plan ahead with a water survey. Why does planning ahead with a water survey end up saving you money? Water well drillers charge by the foot whether or not they find water on your property. That means “blind” drilling can cost you thousands of unnecessary dollars. Even if they do find water, is the source deep enough? Does it have the flow rate and volume you need over the long term? Knowing the location, depth, and yield of a water source before you call the well drillers can be achieved with a professional water survey.
Detecting Contamination and Water Quality
When it comes to digging a water well for a single home, or multiple homes, it’s important to know that you can’t just dig anywhere and expect clean and safe drinking water. Depending on what the property was used for by a previous owner, you could be running into issues with a contaminated water table deep underground. Then there is also an issue if there is farmland, or industrial land nearby, because those can also contaminate water tables in the area. There is also always the risk of natural contamination of the water table if the land has minerals or ores that are harmful to humans. By hiring a company to perform a water survey, you’ll be getting a detailed scientific report for the water available under the property that includes information about the water source, and an opinion as to if the location is suitable for a well whether or not water was found.
Determining Best Geographical Location for Drilling
There are a lot of issues with digging just anywhere, and one of the big ones is you don’t know the type of geological features under the ground if you just dig without doing a survey. Different sediment patterns can cause issues while drilling, and without knowing about them, you may have to drill multiple times due to using the wrong type of drilling equipment. As well, the well infrastructure could be compromised if it isn’t designed for the right geological features around it.
Determining Capacity Limits on the Property
Most farmhouses don’t need a large capacity of water for a well, however, if you are planning on using the water for irrigation, or you are looking for a water source for industrial purposes, you are going to need to know the capacity limits of the water table under the ground. Using a water survey will allow you to know what kind of flow rate and capacity you should expect from the water table.
Historical Land Use Records
A proper water survey isn’t just going to look at the current condition of the water table, but also the historical use of the land. If the land you are looking to drill into was once a landfill or had storage tanks for gas and oil under the surface, you could be in for quite the surprise when drilling if a water survey wasn’t completed.
Drilling is Expensive So Save Money by Planning Ahead
Drilling for water is expensive. You often pay by the foot; if you need to drill multiple times because of undiscovered issues, you are losing money. Do the smart thing and plan ahead with a water survey from a professional water surveyor to ensure you are getting the water supply you need, the first time.