Water Well Drilling
Humans and animals need water. That is a simple fact of life. We simply cannot survive without it. Where clean, fresh drinking water is available in abundance, it is easy to take our water supply for granted. Even in America, however, obtaining fresh water is not as simple as turning on a tap. Water must be sourced and that is where water well drilling comes into play.
Water well drilling originates from another type of well drilling – salt. Levi Disbrow, who is credited with being among first professional water well drillers in America, studied and implemented methods used in the salt industry. Another pioneer of water well drilling was Edwin L. Drake whose pipe method separated water from other contaminates. (Drake would go on to be a successful oil driller as well.)
Disbrow and Drake used simple methods for water well drilling in the 1800s and as recent as 20 years ago, drilling 100 feet was considered an accomplishment. Comparatively, today’s technology allows for a drill to pass through 500 feet of rock with ease.
Thankfully technology in finding water has evolved alongside the technology used in water well drilling.
If you think of a dowser as someone who goes over land with a Y shaped stick to find water (also known as water witching), think again! Divination for water is the “technology” of the past. The GF3500 seismoelectric is the way of the future.
As wonderful as it is to have the ability to drill through solid rock, the time and expense is wasted if water is not found. Thanks to instruments like the GF3500 seismoelectric, we have the ability to find water sources before the well is drilled. The combined use of the GF3500 along with a seismic source can estimate the both the location and the quality of a water source.
Water well drilling has come a long way but its success is still dependent on water being at the bottom of the well. American Water Surveyors takes the guesswork out of the equation and that saves you valuable time and money. Using the latest in technology combined with years of industry experience allows American Water Surveyors to do what they do best – find water.