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Do Groundwater Levels Go Down When There Is A Drought, Or Just Surface Water Levels?

Most of the water that we see while out of the house on an average day comes from rain and snow, or is found in lakes and ponds. That is what most people think of when they’re asked about water. However, a lot of the water that we actually use doesn’t come directly from those sources. Much of the water that we find in our plumbing comes from groundwater, found in underground water pockets called aquifers. When a drought happens, we notice the world drying up, lakes and ponds getting smaller as rainfall becomes scarce, but what happens to the groundwater in times of drought, and how does this affect people who are reliant on groundwater for most or all of their plumbing needs?Blog pic

Is Groundwater Affected By Drought?

At first glance a drought only seems to affect surface water. Groundwater doesn’t evaporate into the atmosphere because it stays underground and doesn’t come into contact with sunlight. It might seem as though groundwater is completely protected from the drying effects of a drought. However, it is important to remember that groundwater doesn’t necessarily always originate underground. Our world’s water is part of a cycle. Groundwater comes from different sources, including rivers, streams, runoff and rain. When any part of that cycle is losing water, the rest will eventually be affected. Groundwater can take a few years to deplete, but it is affected by drought.

What Does This Mean For Well Users?

If you are reliant on an aquifer, a drought might not impact you right away when it comes to getting water from your well. However, there are several ways that drought can affect well users. As aquifers change, so does the ground above them. During times of drought it is vital to avoid over-pumping. Remember that you are probably not the only person who uses an aquifer, and it is your responsibility to help avoid depleting an aquifer to the point where the land above it will sink down and permanently decrease that aquifer’s capacity. If your well goes dry, it is best to consult American Water Surveyors about your next move.

How Can American Water Surveyors Help?

We cannot stop a drought from happening but we can show you where to drill to find water and advise you in times of drought on how to protect and not over-pump your aquifer. By placing and drilling your well in an optimal location and to an optimal depth, we ensure that you have less to worry about when the rain doesn’t fall for a while.

Stay Safe and Hydrated, Even During a Drought

If you need to drill a new well, make certain to contact American Water Surveyors before you take action. We are experts in locating ground water so you know where and how far your well drillers should drill. This saves you time and money – and gets you the well you need even in seasons of drought.

May 10, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments (0)

About Colorado’s Water Situation

Water is a valuable resource that cannot be taken for granted and no state knows this more than Colorado.  Colorado is one of only two states that does not have an inflow of water, the second being Hawaii.   All of the major water supplies in Colorado flow out of the state, nothing flows in.  On top of that, these water supplies depend on snowfall to replenish them.  In fact, 80 per cent of the water in Colorado is supplied by snowfall.  A warm winter could very well mean a very dry summer.  There is only an average of 17 inches of precipitation in Colorado each year so it is imperative that the mountains in the winter are packed with a good snowfall.

To further complicate things, the Colorado River is the only major waterway to provide water to the state’s southwest.   This river is not only used for irrigation, it generates over 10 billion kilowatt-hours of hydropower each year. The average household in Colorado uses about 250 gallons of water per day.  Half of that water goes to watering lawns.  Across the state, about 390 billion gallons of water are used annually.IMG_20150507_174604868_HDR

Drought is detrimental to Colorado.  Over the last 10 years, 15.6 cubic miles of water has been lost in the Colorado River.  This has had a direct effect on Lake Mead, the man-made reservoir that is fed by the river. Over the past 15 years it has dropped over 150 feet. Further studies have shown that the Colorado River will further reduce by another 35 per cent by the year 2050.  With less precipitation and more dependence from a growing population, we need to be very careful on how we use this resource.

The recent drought in America has affected Colorado. Several parts of the state are moderately to abnormally dry. Regardless of if a state is affected by drought or not, the need for water remains constant. Those in need of a water well in Colorado can’t afford to take chances. With parts of the state drier than normal and with water conservation on everyone’s mind, not to mention the high costs of drilling a well, what is the best way to ensure your well driller finds water on the first try?

The answer is American Water Surveyors. We have used our high-tech seismoelectric survey equipment in several states, including Colorado. Our process locates groundwater and indicates the depth and yield so when it comes time to call the drillers, you can show them exactly where and how far to drill. Knowing exactly where water is on your property saves you time, hassle and money. Why? Because water well drillers charge by the foot whether or not they drill a dry well. American Water Surveyors takes the guesswork out of the equation so no matter what is going on with the water supply in Colorado, you get a high-yield well – on the first try. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer in Colorado.

May 2, 2016 at 5:19 am Comments (0)