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Well Drilling—How Did It All Get Started?

Are you thinking about installing a well?  It isn’t quite as simple as digging until you hit water.  Nowadays there are technological means to help you locate the most effective and economically efficient place to dig your well.  But how did it all get started?

Wells have been around for a long time.  From wood-lined wells, soakages, and stepwells to qanats, wells have existed in various forms since as early as 5090 BC.  It is no new revelation that the most effective way to attain clean water isn’t by looking up, it’s by digging down into the groundwater.  However, technology has not always been as efficient at locating our water sources for us—modern advances have made water drilling a lot more sophisticated than it used to be.  So how did those early civilizations manage to locate their water sources?


The term “diviners” refers to more than just a Margaret Lawrence novel; it’s actually been around for centuries.  It refers to the act of divination, whereby a certain individual is capable of locating subterraneous supplies of water using a forked stick (known as a divining rod).  The process, also known as dowsing, has also long been used as a means of locating veins of underground minerals as well.  Early on, many cultures simply dug down into the ground until they found clean water.  Australian Aborigines would cover the newly found source with spinifex to prevent contamination.  Others, however, would rely on a diviner to locate an underground water supply before beginning to dig.

What are our current water finding methods?

While there are still a few diviners, or dowsers, being used to locate water sources, modern technology has made significant advances, making water finding and drilling much more efficient and economical.  Now, water finding companies use seismoelectrics to locate groundwater supplies.  The seismoelectrical method generates electromagnetic fields within the ground using seismic waves.  This process measures hydraulic conductivity, and thus can measure the potential for groundwater flow.

Why is it important to find out all you can before you start drilling?

Water drilling can be pricy if you don’t have all the information you need before you get started.  You have to pay for the drilling, and most water well drillers require payment by the foot—whether they find water or not.  You want to make sure that you will not only find water when you drill, but also that your water source will be enough to support your needs.  Water surveying can map the transmissivity of water and can even estimate the yield, in either gallons per minute or litres per second, from the surface—without the need for pricy test wells.  If you are considering drilling a well, don’t pay the high prices for test wells, and don’t pay only to end up with an expensive dry well on your lawn.  Call a water surveyor first so you can start drilling without having to worry about whether or not you will hit water.

Here at American Water Surveyors, we use the world’s leading edge technology to assess both groundwater depths and yields.  Whether you are a real estate developer or a farmer, we can help you locate the most efficient location to drill your well.  Call us today, before you start drilling.  For more information about our services, check us out online or give us a call at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661).

March 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm Comments (0)

Water Around the World

Water is one of the resources that we cannot survive without.  Every country has its challenges when it comes to this resource.  Where you live will dictate how you find and obtain the water you need to survive.

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Area with the Lowest Amount of Underground Water

The Saudi Arabia Dessert is a vast area of land that contains no underground streams or rivers.  In order to provide water to their growing population, the local government has designed a series of underground reservoirs to store the important water they had already captured. Thousands of reservoirs have been drilled, some as much as 3000 feet.  These reservoirs provide the local residents a supply of fresh water that they otherwise would have been unable to access.

In addition to reservoirs, comes another unique method for providing drinking water. Saudi Arabia is one of the largest producers of water from desalinization.  Desalinization is a process used to remove the salt content from water.  This method has been used for years by submarines to recycle water used for human use and consumption. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation in Saudi Arabia owns and operates a large number of desalinization plants around the world.  They provide 50% of the fresh water in Saudi Arabia.

Area with Extremely High Amounts of Underground Water

On the other end of the water scale is the interesting geography of the Yutan Peninsula.  This part of Mexico does not have surface rivers and lakes.  Due to the porous nature of their ground, any water that would normally remain on the earth’s surface is absorbed through the ground and into underground streams.  Cenotes are sinkholes in the earth that are the connection between underground rivers and the surface.  They are large caves with abundant amounts of water fed from underground rivers.  In the age of the Maya culture, these caves were considered sacred and were the scenes of sacrificial rituals.  Today, these cenotes are major tourist attractions and great places for scuba divers to explore.  As both underground rivers and cenotes are the result of water seeping through the earth, the water has an extremely high mineral content that should not be consumed.   Those that live in these areas do not drink the water directly out of the ground.  There are over 7,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, mapping out an extensive underground water system.

North America has a vast amount of consumable underground water.  We can feel fortunate that we live in a country with ideal water situations and supply.  Our state-of-the-art technology will help you locate ground water before digging your well.  This helps to ensure that the money spent digging your well becomes money well spent.  By being able to map out your underground water supply, we can tell you where to dig, maximizing your time and money.  The next time you need to have a well dug, call us first to ensure that you only pay for results, not for guesses.

Save time and money by knowing where the water is before you drill your well.  Contact American Water Surveyors at:

Call: 877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) or 817-788-5716

Fax:  817-210-4225

Email: info@wefindwater.com

March 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm Comments (0)