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Water Wells in Popular Culture

Water well drilling is an important part of human survival. One of the ways to measure the cultural significance of an object, movement, or person is to see how it relates to popular culture. Although not as popular as Lady Gaga or the former (albeit questionable) phase of wearing hammer pants, wells do figure prominently in popular culture.
Water well drilling enthusiasts are doubtlessly familiar with the plight of Jack and Jill who went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Illustrations of this classic nursery rhyme never fail to show Jack and Jill heading up the hill to a water well. I am sure some people may question why a well driller would drill a well on the top of a hill, however groundwater does not necessarily travel the same path you would expect a river to follow on the surface. Most of the time it does conform to the overlying topography, but groundwater will also flow as a path from highest pressure to lowest pressure, or better described, a path of least resistance. However, I digress.
Another lesser known nursery rhyme simply entitled “Water” also features a well in the opening stanza: There’s water in the rain barrel /And water in the well / There’s lots of water in the pond / Where Hannah Hawkins fell.
If we relied solely on nursery rhymes, we would think that wells were synonymous with calamity or clumsy children. Fortunately popular culture has provided us with other, happier sources of well- themed narratives.
Believers and non believers alike can agree that the biblical story of how Rebecca met her husband is a very romantic tale. Rebecca was drawing water at a well when she was approached by Isaac’s servant. Isaac’s servant was on a wife finding mission for his master and he had prayed for a sign. This sign was that the woman offering to draw water for him and his thirsty camels would be the future wife of Isaac. Rebecca, the hardy lass, was the lucky lady that dipped into the well and was promptly showered with expensive jewellery and a marriage proposal on Isaac’s behalf. I haven’t been around many camels, but I am guessing they can drink a fair bit! So, the romance of Isaac and Rebecca started at a well. (What would be the modern equivalent of that? Offering to gas up a convoy?)
Water well drilling features prominently in the popular novel “Millions”, which was later made into a movie. A very creative movie ending shows the characters climbing into a fort made of a large cardboard box and crawling out the other end where they are showered with well water from the newly dug wells their funds created.
Music lovers will not be disappointed to know that water wells have reached this branch of popular culture as well. “Water from the Well” is a lively Irish album by the Chieftains. Music by the Chieftains can also be heard on the movies Treasure Island, Barry Lyndon, Three Wishes for Jamie, Tristan and Isolde, The Grey Fox and The Year of the French.
It is easy to overlook the importance of water well drilling in our day to day lives. After all, it is not a profession filled with celebrities or high ranking CEOs. (But, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates can make owning computer companies cool, perhaps there is hope for well drilling. A reality TV show perhaps?!) However, water is more than a part of our life. It is a part the fabric of our culture. American Water Surveyors is passionate about water: the importance of it, the history of it, and its place in our culture. They know that water is vitally important to life. That is why they perform the most important water-related task of all. They find it. 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

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February 17, 2011 at 1:31 am Comments (0)

Seismology and Water Well Drillers

What is a seismic wave? A seismic wave is a periodic disturbance or “wave” of energy that travels through the earth. Some seismic waves are caused by natural phenomenon, such as an earthquake. Other seismic waves are manufactured. One reason seismic waves are manufactured is to locate groundwater sources prior to calling in water well drillers.
While the words “seismic waves” are synonymous with earthquakes, they can also be very beneficial. Seismology, which is the study of seismic waves, has given us unique knowledge about how layers of dirt, rock and sediment are structured beneath the earth’s crust. Consider how many valuable resources – oil, coal, diamonds, water, etc – lie beneath the surface of the earth. Without seismology, we would not know how to access and extract these precious resources.
Seismology is of particular importance to water well drillers and those involved in study, location and extraction of ground water. Some of your better water well drillers do not like to drill dry wells. Others don’t care. For those individuals that have hired a water well driller, they know drilling a well is a costly, time consuming business. Dry wells can be a source of embarrassment for drillers even though they get paid whether they find water or not. Water well drillers do not want to have the reputation of a company that cannot produce a well. That is why water well drillers and consumers alike rely on companies such as American Water Surveyors to find groundwater sources before drilling takes place.
American Water Surveyors uses the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument that is specifically designed to detect electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through earth layers. These signals are extremely precise. Not only can they identify sources of groundwater, they can also estimate the depth and yield of the source. The GF3500 instrument, which marries the knowledge of decades of seismological study with the latest in groundwater technology, looks surprising simple at first glance. However, do not be fooled! The GF3500 can handle up to 20 sites in one standard working day.
Seismic waves will always have a shaky reputation due to their association with earthquakes, but the next time you think of this humble energy pulse, also think of how well drillers and consumers alike rely on them to locate one of the world’s most precious resources – water.
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February 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm Comments (0)

Oklahoma City’s Water

Residents in the city and suburbs of Oklahoma City should be pleased to know their water supply has been deemed adequate for the next 50 years. This is also good news for Oklahoma well drillers.
Oklahoma well drillers tap into water supplied by the North Canadian River and the Canton, Atoka, and McGee Creek Reservoirs.
The North Canadian River is of particular interest. This river, which is a tributary of the Canadian River, starts east of Des Moines in New Mexico and follows a winding 710 km trek through the United States. Of the 440 mile river length, seven of those miles flow through Oklahoma City. This seven mile stretch was renamed the Oklahoma River in 2004. Seven miles out of 440 may seem like a small portion, but for Oklahoma well drillers, seepage from those seven miles of river contribute to Oklahoma City’s underground water supply.
Having an accessible water supply such as the Oklahoma River is beneficial in many ways. The most obvious and convenient is a supply of water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Additionally, having a ready supply of water for farming is incredibly beneficial to the city’s economy. The ability to provide local water for farm animals and agriculture keeps overhead and consumer costs to a minimum.
Oklahoma well drillers are responsible for making water accessible to farmlands in and around the City. However, despite the rich supply of groundwater, drillers may still produce a dry well. Without the services and technology of companies such as American Water Surveyors, even the most respected well drilling companies do not have the ability to foresee underground water locations or estimate the depth and yield of the well.
Oklahoma City is fortunate to enjoy such an abundant water supply and Oklahoma well drillers will be tapping into it for years to come. Despite this seemingly endless supply of water, the best way to save money and to prevent drilling a dry well is to call American Water Surveyors to locate the source of your ground water, which will enable you to tell your well drillers precisely where you want them to drill. . Contact a professional consultant today. 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

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February 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm Comments (0)