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Have You Ever Wondered Where Your Drinking Water Comes From?

Have you ever wondered where the water you drink comes from?  It all starts right beneath your feet. Well, maybe it doesn’t all start out as ground water, but science estimates there to be approximately 2.78 million trillion gallons of ground water on—or technically in—our planet.  That makes up about 30.1 per cent of the world’s fresh water.  In the US, 349 billion gallons of fresh water are withdrawn every day, and of that, ground water is estimated to provide 79.6 billion gallons—that’s 26 percent of the water the entire US drinks, cooks with, and showers in.

In other words, a lot of our water comes from the ground, but technically, unless it’s falling on us, most of the Earth’s water is on the ground—so what exactly is ground water?

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Ground water isn’t just the water you get off of the ground—or under the ground, for that matter; it actually describes the water that exists in the ground.  Ground water is the water that exists in the openings and cracks between beds of rocks and sand within the ground.  Think of it like when you are at the beach.  When you dig a deep enough hole, it usually starts to fill up with water.  Well it isn’t actually filling with water just because you dug the hole; that water was there to begin with.  What you’ve done is dug down as far as the water table (which is much closer to the surface at the beach because of your proximity to that giant body of water beside you).

What is a water table?

Every drop of water that hits the surface of the ground works its way down through rocks, sand, gravel, etc. to the ground water in the water table.  This doesn’t mean that there is a giant underground stream beneath your feet, although in some cases there are underground streams, lakes, or veins; it just means that the water pools at the level of the water table in-between all the particles of dirt and rock that exist in the ground—just like a sponge holds water.  This is the water you want to access when you dig a well.

The region below the water table is completely saturated with ground water, and that water, while it is still added to by the surface water that gets absorbed into the ground, flows laterally.  This is why pollutants pose such a problem.  Pollutants don’t just stay where they are spilt.  Once they reach the ground, they run the risk of seeping through the ground and into the water table, where it can then flow to wells, lakes, and streams, even reaching several miles away from where they entered the ground.

Can’t the ground filter out the pollutants?

Soil, in fact, does act as a filter.  That’s how septic systems work.  But soil and ground can’t filter every toxin.  Some chemicals, like benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX)—the chemicals which are added to gasoline in order to increase octane—cannot be filtered by the ground, though, which means they often reach ground water and can contaminate wells, rivers, streams, etc.

Don’t forget that our water system is connected.  This means the water that washes off our roads and highways is connected to the water in our rivers, lakes, streams, oceans, ponds, wetlands and wells.  If we want to protect the ground water we drink, then we need to be conscientious about where our water comes from and how far it has to travel to get to us.

Accessing ground water

Anyone in rural areas without a municipal water supply is familiar with the need to have a well.  Well drilling is expensive and the bad news is, you pay for the drilling whether or not water is found.  Thankfully, we no longer rely on outdated modes of water finding, such as dowsing, and rely on scientific methods that accurately find ground water so the drillers know exactly where to drill.  This act of finding water saves money, stress and labor in the long run – you do not get several dry wells on your property before the driller hits water.

American Water Surveyors is a premier service provider in the water finding industry.  If you want to know the location of your ground water – along with depth and yield – before you dig your well, call American Water Surveyors today.

April 19, 2015 at 12:44 pm Comments (0)

Can you Afford Water Well Drilling?

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Do you dream of having your own water well, but don’t know if can afford this expense? A water well of your own would mean after you paid for the water well drilling and water testing, you would have access to natural, clean and fresh water.


All you have to do now is first make sure there is water where you want to drill the well. After that you need to a water well drilling company to drill the well for you. Although both of these steps costs money, the well will pay for itself in the long run, when you’re not having to pay a monthly water bill every month.

If you live in a remote area, it’s pretty important to have your own clean water supply. If you have land and need a water supply, engaging in water well drilling is a good idea, particularly in the event of a water shortage.

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To find the best drilling rig you would have to do some internet research. Look for a company with a good reputation for not only doing a good job in a timely manner, but that also has good customer service. The last thing you want is to have a shady job or worse yet have the job half completed then it sits there for months.

It’s also important to note that water well drillers are paid by the foot, and it doesn’t matter whether or not they find water.

Finding Water

Another thing that can be financially devastating is for you to have a drilling company drill your water well, and then have a poor source of water.

Knowing how much and how deep the water is before water well drilling begins can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Back in the day the only way to know if there was water was to drill, but thankfully with advancements in technology this is no longer the case.

How do Water Finding Companies Find Water?

Water finding companies use advanced technology to get a clear picture of what lies beneath the ground. As well, their practices are environmentally friendly. This high-tech equipment is used to detect different things with respect to the groundwater in the vicinity of the proposed well water site.

Water finding equipment is used to check the following:

  1. See if there is water
  2. See how much water there is
  3. The flow of the water

If you need to find water so you know where to build your well, call American Water Surveyors at 1 (877) 734-7661. We are a premier service provider in the water finding industry – for more information check out our website.

April 2, 2015 at 8:24 am Comments (0)