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The Cost of Drilling a Dry Well

Blog PicDrilling a well isn’t exactly an inexpensive endeavor.  The equipment required to perform the drilling is expensive, and the costs to run and fuel the equipment alone can be high—let alone any repairs that need to be factored into its use.  On top of the cost of operation, there is also the cost of manpower and the cost of the steel casing that is required to prevent overburden material—that is, the excess dirt, sand, clay, and gravel—from caving back in on the well.

How is the cost of drilling a well calculated?

The cost of drilling the well is calculated based on the depth of the well—as well as the type of material that has to be drilled through to reach the groundwater supply.  The steel casing that protects the well from overburden is only required until the drill hits bedrock; thus, the further you have to drill through overburden to reach bedrock, the more costly the well drilling process will be.  Similarly, the deeper the well has to go to reach an adequate water supply, the more expensive the well will be.

There are a lot of variables that can influence the cost of drilling your well, and a lot can go wrong in the process of drilling.  There is, after all, always the chance that the well will be dug in the wrong location.  You have to pay for the drilling whether the well driller hits water or not, and digging a dry well essentially incurs twice the expense, since you’ll have to drill another well in hopefully a better location.

The costs of well drilling just keep adding up—but isn’t there a better way to rule out some of the variables that can add to those expenses?

Fortunately, there is.  New technology has made a big breakthrough in the water finding industry.  The days of using dowsing rods are over—so move over water witches, Seismoelectrics is here!

What is Seismoelectrics?

Seismoelectrics essentially enable you to see below the ground—an extreme benefit when it comes to locating the most efficient source of groundwater for your well.  Seismoelectrics can be used to measure groundwater depths and yields, enabling you to determine the transmissivity of water from the surface without having to drill into the ground.  The technology is sensitive enough to be able to estimate in gallons per minute or liters per second the yield of groundwater available in any given spot.  With seismoelectrics, you can be sure to find the absolute best location on your property for your well.

How does it work?

Our seismoelectric survey equipment is uniquely designed to detect the electric signals that are generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layers of rock, sediment and soil.  The equipment sends a seismic impulse down through the earth, then reads the signal that is reflected back to determine the amount of fluid available within the rocks and soils.  Seismoelectric water surveillance essentially enables a form of low-cost, non-intrusive aquifer quality mapping, which is a feature that could drastically reduce the amount of guesswork involved in the well drilling process; and eliminating some of the variables that can get in the way of well drilling can go a long way in keeping the costs down.

Here at American Water Surveyors, we use state-of-the-art technology to find the groundwater depth, yields, and groundwater suitability for our clients before they begin to pay the high costs of drilling.  If you need to dig a well, let us help you first so you don’t end up stuck paying for a brand new and expensive dry well.  Call us today at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) to get started.

May 21, 2015 at 9:29 am Comments (0)

Hydrogeology, Dowsing and the History of Water Finding

The earth is roughly 70 per cent water. And almost 96 per cent of that water can be found in the oceans. The rest exists in lakes, rivers, icecaps, glaciers and ground water. Some of it is water vapor in the air. That’s not the most interesting part. With all of that water around, it seems like the more difficult thing than finding water would be not finding water. Certain places on Earth are not blessed with an abundance of potable water that’s easy to access. That’s where the history of water finding really starts. People needed to find water to drink, support animals and farming and generally survive. Everyone needs water to live.

Dowsing and Witching

Some people swear by the practice of dowsing. What is dowsing? ““Dowsing,” “water witching,” “divining,” and “doodlebugging” are all names for the practice of locating groundwater by walking the surface of a property while holding a forked stick, a pair of L-shaped rods, a pendulum, or another tool that responds when the person moves above a location that will yield an adequate flow of water to a drilled well.” The science of dowsing is not universally accepted, but the theory is that dowser practitioners believe that water runs in subsurface veins or seams that must be intersected by the drill in order to produce a well. Dowsing plays a large role in the history of water finding but most geologists and hydrogeologists disapprove. The National Ground Water Association, in a position statement, “strongly opposes the use of water witches to locate groundwater on the grounds that controlled experimental evidence clearly indicates that the technique is totally without scientific merit.”

Glass of Water


Hydrogeologists study the way that groundwater moves through the soil and rock of the earth. This is different from hydrologists who study surface water. Hydrogeology is the science of the way that water moves through the ground. The history of water finding has revealed that most fresh groundwater is located in the pore spaces of sedimentary rocks, filtered through and creating a water table that is generally horizontal or slightly sloping. Knowing the distribution of water and its movement is important for protecting water resources. Using geological maps and water samples from underground and on the surface, hydrogeologists can trace reserves and evaluate water quantity and quality.

American Water Surveyors

Companies exist that only find water. The history of water finding has shown that not all geology is the same. Employing hydrogeologists will help to trace reserves, evaluate water quantity and predict how that water will interact with any exploration or drilling. American Water Surveyors uses leading technologies to measure groundwater depths and yields. This is beneficial to anyone requiring well locating or completion planning. Farmers/ranchers, municipalities, homeowners, real estate and golf course developers, and especially water well drillers use companies to survey before drilling begins. As a company investing thousands of dollars in drilling, you want to know that there’s something there to find and not just many feet of impenetrable bedrock.

May 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm Comments (0)

Taking a Closer Look at Water

Did you know that the human body is more than half made up of water?  We also use it in the production of food (it takes approximately 2,400 liters of water to produce one hamburger), clothing, computers, etc.  Water is one of the most crucial components required to keep us and our environment happy and healthy; however, while we absolutely need it and can’t live without it, we aren’t always very smart about how we use our water.Blog pic2

Why we need to start thinking about our water

Water is a finite resource.  Most of the water we use today has been around (in one of its various forms) for hundreds of millions of years.  That’s right, that glass of water you just drank may have, at one time, been the puddle a dinosaur stepped in.  It’s kind of cool if you think about it—but it’s also a little scary when you start to think about the way we treat our water.

Approximately 70 per cent of our planet is covered in water; however, only 2.5 per cent of that water is freshwater, and only 1 per cent of that freshwater is easily accessible (in other words, not trapped in glaciers and snowfields).  Essentially, we are trying to fill the needs of 6.8 billion people with 0.007 per cent of the planet’s water—and that doesn’t even begin to consider how much of that 0.007 per cent has been contaminated by pollution.

Where does that 0.007 per cent come from?

Water exists in multiple states across the planet, and it is constantly in motion between those states.  When we imagine the planet’s water sources, we largely envision the planet’s surface water—that is, water that exists on the surface of the planet, like in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, or oceans.  However, our planet’s water also exists as groundwater and atmospheric water.

Groundwater is water that is located beneath the Earth’s surface, either in fractures of rock or in soil pore spaces.  Think of the ground as being a big sponge.  The water is held within the particles of ground, and you can dig down to the level the water sits at (the water table).  Picture digging a hole at the beach: at a certain depth, your hole starts filling with water.  You’ve accessed the water table for that spot, and that’s how accessing water through a well works.

Atmospheric water exists as water droplets or water vapor in our atmosphere.  It forms clouds, fog, humidity, rain—in other words, this is largely where our weather comes from.

Each different type of water is interconnected with the rest

Water doesn’t stay consistently in its categories.  It is all interconnected; it all interacts and flows together.  Surface water, precipitation, and run-off water all feed ground water; ground water and precipitated atmospheric water both contribute to replenishing surface water, which is depleted through use by humans, animals and plants, or by its evaporation into atmospheric water.  This is the water cycle, and the water cycle is the reason we need to be aware of and restrict the amount of water we contaminate.

We Find Water – and we understand it too

Here at American Water Surveyors, we know how important clean, sustainable water is, which is why we are dedicated to finding it.  Groundwater is accessible by wells and is the preferred water source for many – especially in rural areas.  Locating that groundwater and getting it the surface can be costly.  Drillers charge for their time and work even if they drill a dry well.  They cannot guarantee that they will drill where the water is.  Save yourself the worry and money of a dry well by calling us.  American Water Surveyors is a an expert in the way water moves and how it can be located underground. Using scientifically proven methods, we find water so your drillers know where to dig – and so water can continue its fascinating, essential journey around the globe.

May 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm Comments (0)