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Owner of American Water Surveyors on TV

Ok, so it wasn’t like an interview or anything, but it was some major face time and lots of fun. And you could say I’m deviating from my regular blog related to groundwater surveys, water wells and water well drillers for a day to share my experience. I took the morning off today to go to downtown Fort Worth, TX and watch the Mike & Mike in the Morning show that ESPN broadcasts weekdays from 5:00am-9:00am CST. The show is in town to kickoff ESPN’s coverage of the Super Bowl which is taking place in Arlington, TX. which is in Tarrant County. Fort Worth is the county seat of Tarrrant. It was great to watch live. That’s me near the end of the clip wearing the Cowboys cap (gotta support the home team). Darren Woodson the former Cowboys safety was there as was Pat Summerall, the mayor of Fort Worth and billionaire Ed Bass. TCU brought their band and cheerleaders to provide some commercial break entertainment.

I arrived at 5:00am and there were probably a hundred people there by then and the crowd grew as the morning went on. It was cold, about 43 degrees with overcast skies and got colder by 9:00. It’s supposed to get to the upper 50s today, but the next two days wi (more…)

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January 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm Comments (0)

Georgia Water Shortage

In recent years, water shortages have affected a number of regions across the nation. Georgia, specifically, has been in the middle of a severe drought that has led to water bans affecting millions in the Atlanta area. Due to these circumstances, contacting American Water Surveyors before hiring well drillers would be beneficial.

Georgia’s water woes are due to supply and storage issues. Compounding this issue is the fact that Georgia is a cash-strapped state. The annual rainfall averages 60 inches in the mountains, 55 inches across North Georgia and approximately 45 inches in central Georgia. One of the many challenges is to find the capacity to store North Georgia’s abundant precipitation. The head of the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission said some of the state’s 357 watershed floodwater dams in North Georgia are an “untapped resource” for drinking water supplies. A member of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District states that two of nine quarries considered for storage are currently inactive. To rectify these issues, Georgia must expand storage at existing reservoirs, build new reservoirs and consider using aquifers for storage and groundwater expansion.
With plans underway to address Georgia’s water issues, well drillers are well positioned for an abundance of work. Well drillers do all they can to seek the optimum location to drill. However, if they do not know the location for maximum yield of the underground water source, the large financial investment by a property owner could be completely wasted. Well drillers get paid whether they find water or not; if no water is found, additional money must be spent to drill in a different location.
American Water Surveyors use state of the art technology to provide its clients the important service of finding groundwater depth, yields, and suitability prior to costly drilling. Mapping aquifer quality with an array of survey locations ensures that drilling costs are not wasted. American Water Surveyors’ GF 3500 technology defines both the permeability and the depth of aquifers, making it possible to estimate the flow of a well drilled at a GF 3500 survey site. Such estimates can be obtained at an insignificant cost, especially when compared with the cost of drilling a dry well. Since signals are only produced by moveable water in saturated rocks, the GF 3500 equipment also shows where there is no aquifer and hence where no well should be drilled.
American Water Surveyors is passionate about all things water, including the plight of Georgia’s storage and supply issues. If you are in the market for a new well, why not save money, worry and time by calling American Water Surveyors before calling in the well drillers. Contact a professional consultant today. 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

January 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm Comments (0)

Water Well Drillers

Wells greatly vary in depth, water volume and water quality. Water well drillers must create an excavation or structure in the ground by digging, driving, boring, or drilling to access groundwater in underground aquifers. Once water is encountered, the drillers need to keep a close watch on the drilling process.
There are some safety concerns that water well drillers may encounter. They are exposed to high levels of noise while working. Another safety concern is electrical safety. Fatalities occur while water well drillers are drilling and/or servicing a water pump or when the rig contacts overhead power lines. Water well drillers need great skill to guide and control a water well drill as it penetrates sand, gravel, clay and solid rock formations deep underground.
Few people give any thought to how a deep vertical hole in sand or in solid rock must be constructed and how the drilled pieces of rock are removed from deep below the surface. It is amazing how drillers stop the hole from collapsing before the lining is put in. Compare it to drilling a root canal. Water well drillers must specially engineer and extract refuse from a comparatively small hole. Complications include a lack of light in the depths of the hole and the difficulty in removing the rock and soils while drilling. With this in mind, using American Water Surveyors before hiring water well drillers makes these circumstances less stressful.
Hiring water well drillers can be expensive. American Water Surveyors has a low cost non-intrusive aquifer quality mapping system. These maps form the basis for water abstraction policy, aggregate extraction, and/or well site planning at a small fraction of the cost of drilling. Drilling costs can be reduced by specifying where and how deep to drill. American Water Surveyors use the GF3500 which defines both the permeability and the depth of aquifers, making it possible to estimate the flow of a well. Be it dental or ground water, many people suffer from drilling anxiety! With the efficiency of American Water Surveyors, anxiety is relieved and thus choosing a water well driller becomes a satisfying experience. Contact 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

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January 24, 2011 at 12:11 am Comments (0)

New Mexico Well Drillers

The groundwater law in New Mexico states that only well drillers licensed by the State may drill or alter wells with a diameter larger than 2 3/8 inches within the boundaries of declared underground water basins. On July 2008, District Judge J.C. Robinson in Grant County ruled the state’s domestic well statute unconstitutional. Farmer Horace Bounds, Jr., and his wife, Jo, claim that 45 domestic wells drilled near their farm in recent years are drying up near the Upper Mimbres River and impairing their senior 1869 water rights. As you can see, there is a lot to think about when choosing among the 200+ New Mexico well drillers available in this area. Incidents like the ones above could be prevented if the wells were drilled correctly and in the proper locations.
New Mexico well drillers do not require a permit to drill a well and appropriate water in areas outside of the declared “underground water basins”. There are currently 33 declared underground water basins throughout New Mexico. The State Engineer has the authority to establish these basins when regulation is necessary to protect prior appropriation, ensure water is put to beneficial use, and to maintain orderly development of the state’s water resources.
Knowing the quality of water that will be with the well is extremely important. This depends on both natural and man-made environmental factors. New Mexico well drillers need to drill through a combination of sedimentary and volcanic geological bedrock. This means that some areas may have very clean, pure water while other places may have water with a sulphuric or brackish quality. Instruments used by American Water Surveyors, such as the GF3500 seismoelectric survey, are designed specifically for detecting electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. Other technologies are unwieldy and costly compared with seismoelectric and have fundamental limitations.
Physics is the only effective method for locating groundwater in advance of the drilling – not magic. American Water Surveyors will do the physics, making the decision to choose one of the approximate 200 New Mexico well drillers a positive experience. American Water Surveyors use a seismoelectric technique which is cost-conscious for groundwater users. One of the many benefits to using American Water Surveyors is the low cost, non-intrusive aquifer quality mapping. Mapping aquifer quality with an array of survey locations ensures that drilling costs are not wasted.
Putting your trust in contacting American Water Surveyors will guarantee your confidence in your decision in choosing among the many New Mexico well drillers.
Contact 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

January 16, 2011 at 4:17 am Comments (0)

The Gov’t Will Help Pay to Have Your Water Well Drilled

Cattle herds are shrinking in the United States due to a number of reasons: higher feed and fertilizer costs; less available pasture land; higher fuel costs; fewer cattle producers. But in states like Texas and New Mexico the problem is compounded by the availability of water. Drought in these two states has taken a serious toll on cattle producers. But there is financial assistance available to livestock producers wanting to drill a water well. The program is called the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). It provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers whose application is evaluated and selected on a competitive basis. The assistance, through a contractual agreement, is to provide assistance in the implementation of a wide range of NRCS approved conservation practices to mitigate natural resource concerns, such as soil erosion, water quality, wildlife habitat and more.

Why Are So Many Cattle Producers Not Aware of the EQIP Program?
Are New Mexico well drillers and Texas well drillers aware of this financial assistance and do they pass it on to their potential clients? If not, why not? While some farmers/ranchers/cattle producers have taken advantage of this program, many are not aware of it. The USDA claims it advertises EQIP “as often as it can through TV, Radio, newspapers, newsletters, farmer, rancher and commodity groups and every other way imaginable”. But some in the department privately admit they fail miserably in getting the word out. Water wells are a payment conservation practice in Texas and New Mexico which means it qualifies for financial assistance. The program does not pay for irrigation wells – only for livestock watering wells. The web site in Texas http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/EQIP/index.html explains the EQIP program. The one for New Mexico can be found at http://www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip. Whether it’s Texas or New Mexico, each state will prioritize and pay differently on conservation practices. For that matter, the five zones in Texas will vary slightly because of landscape, land use, and priorities. However, it is consistent with the practices offered for payment across the state. Payment schedules for each of the five zones can be found at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/EQIP/10/index.html. Incidentally, the “HU” stands for historically underserved and has a higher payment rate. HU producers are typically minorities or other groups of people that traditionally have not participated in USDA programs.

How Much Will the Gov’t Pay to Drill Your Well?
EQIP does not pay for 100% of well construction, but 75%-90% of the drilling costs can be recouped. By law, if the USDA suspects that their payment will exceed 75% of the cost for a regular applicant or 90% for a Historically Underserved participant, it will cap the payment at the appropriate percentage rate. By law, it cannot exceed these limits. Again, in Texas and New Mexico this practice is limited to livestock wells, not irrigation. NRCS in other states may be providing financial assistance for irrigation wells. The amount of financial assistance provided by NRCS can vary from state to state. And no matter which state it is, producers must complete an application and submit it to their local NRCS office. Funding is limited for this program and is set by Congress through the Farm Bill. In 2010 Congress appropriated $1.25 billion for the program and Texas received $62 million to share between 254 counties. As of this writing the 2011 budget is unknown. Be advised that the program usually runs out of money towards the end of summer. There is a fixed amount of money and when it’s gone, it’s gone. In the summer of 2010 Texas had a $27 million backlog of applications. Everyone is encouraged to apply and the sign-up period is continuously open – you can apply anytime at your local field office. The Fed’s fiscal year ends on September 30, and then the USDA-NRCS will receive another allocation depending on what the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) wants to provide the program. People that apply before the new allocated funds reach local offices have their applications placed “on hold” until the new funding is received and then those applications are reevaluated and the highest priorities receive funding. Eligibility for the programs under this Farm Bill require that applicants’ adjusted gross income (AGI) be less than $1 million, unless 67% of that comes from on-farm sources. Applicants must have control of the land for the duration of the contract, and be Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation compliant. Then there is paperwork and forms needed to prove this information and the eligibility determination time depends largely on the applicant. When he or she provides the proper documentation to prove they are eligible, the process doesn’t take but a day if they have participated before. If not, it could take up to two weeks. Contracts are awarded on a competitive basis. Periodic ranking deadlines are established locally and depend on the number of applicants and the funding available. When states run out of EQIP funding they can request more to address any backlogs. But it usually does not cover the full amount of the backlog.

Dry Wells are Not Reimbursed
One major caveat to this water well financial assistance: the national program policy prohibits NRCS (in all states) from providing financial assistance if the well turns out to be dry or does not produce adequate water for the producer’s livestock operation. This policy has led to some situations where a producer invests a fairly significant amount of funds and then cannot be reimbursed by NRCS. There is affordable technology available to prevent from drilling a dry or inadequate water well and protect any funding a cattle producer may receive from the NRCS. The EKS (Electro-Kinetic Survey) technology has been successfully used for over a decade to determine depth and flow. A seismic source is used to create a sharp sound pulse. When the sound pulse moves through porous and permeable aquifers (water bearing rock formations) it travels fast in the rock matrix and slower in the water-filled pore space. Ions in the water are dragged away from their partners bound to the rock and an electrical dipole is set up that “flickers” at seismic frequencies. The electrical flickers are collected at the surface through copper clad ground rods (antennae) and transmitted by cable to a computer using proprietary software. That data is then analyzed and interpreted to determine the presence or absence of groundwater. If water is detected an approximate depth and yield range can be measured in gallons per minute or liters per second.

American Water Surveyors
With the use of the EKS, American Water Surveyors provides the service of locating groundwater and determining depth and yield before a well is drilled. It assists in the avoidance of drilling a costly dry well and determines the best well location as it relates to optimum yield. Water well drillers get paid by the foot whether they hit water or not. American Water Surveyors services ranchers, farmers, homeowners, golf course developers, municipalities and private water companies in site selection for drilling a water well. This EKS technology is highly portable which allows these services to be provided to all clients, no matter where they are located. American Water Surveyors has conducted surveys in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. For more information contact American Water Surveyors at 877-734-7661 or www.wefindwater.com. Or order the book, “What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well” for $10.95 + postage and handling http://www.wefindwater.com/BookInfo.html. State sales tax will be added where applied by law.

January 11, 2011 at 1:24 am Comments (0)