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The Scientific Method that Will Save You Money and Accurately Find Water on Your Property

resize-of-sauble-north-cal-well-2When people in ancient times wanted to find water, they often resorted to something called “water witching” or “dowsing.” It was more performance than science, relying on a man with a forked stick wandering around the countryside. The results were, unsurprisingly, extremely ineffective. Large holes were dug at the dowser’s request (and the landowners expense) yielding no results. The process was not only unscientific, it consumed time and resources without producing a solution.

Many people would like to think that our modern water locators have newer technology to find water more effectively, but many still use technology that requires test digs because this technology only detects water, not its viability or depth under the ground. Large holes must be dug to see if the source is sufficient and, most times, it isn’t. Just like dowsing, some modern technology costs time and resources without yielding results.

Only a select few companies rely on technology that accurately detects water sources and gives accurate readings of the supply. This technology uses seismo-electric survey instruments that measure electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks. Since electrical signals change when space or moving water is nearby, trained water surveyors can actually use this information to detect water hidden deep underground. What’s more, the water source’s yeild and depth can be accurately determined as well, giving more precise readings of the source’s viability.

Unlike other technology, such as those that rely on nuclear magnetic resonance, seismo-electric technology uses portable and rugged instruments designed to be carried and used almost anywhere. This makes seismo-electric technology perfect for water surveying in rural areas.

American Water Surveyors exclusively uses seismo-electric technology for two main reasons: it’s more cost-effective and more efficient. Since we can determine the depth and yield of the water source from the outset, your well drillers will know exactly where and how far down to dig. Digging is the most time-consuming and costly expense in water surveying, requiring specialized equipment and hours of manual labor. By reducing the amount of digging, you are able to get your well at a much less cost and without having to tear up your property in search of water. Our water locators discover water sources in almost any environment and help you determine if a water source can be tapped on your property. This all saves time as well, meaning you have a viable water source sooner while saving money, and evading stress.

Water detection technology has evolved a long way from men wandering around with forked sticks, but many companies still use methods that are almost as ineffective. At American Water Surveyors, we use only the most effective seismo-electric survey technology to quickly and effectively find underground water on your property. If you’re in need of a water source, our technology is the one method that will save you time and money. Contact us today.

October 27, 2016 at 7:35 am Comments (0)

How a Well Works

When you think of getting water to drink, you probably think of getting your water from a tap. That is where we get most of our water—directly at least. But where does it come from before it comes to us from the tap? If you live in a rural community or on a farm or acreage, it probably comes from a well. Wells take advantage of natural groundwater, bringing it to the surface for you to use. Since wells rely on the presence and quality of water under the ground, there are some things you need to know about how a well works before you decide to dig one.


As mentioned, wells use water that is found underneath the ground. This water is usually found in water-bearing geological formations called “aquifers”. The water in aquifers is usually safe to drink, but like anything occurring in nature, it can be contaminated with dirt, chemicals or microorganisms. Aquifers also come in varying depths and in varying sizes, meaning that just because there is an aquifer on your property, it doesn’t necessarily meant you can use it for a well. American Water Surveyors can help you to determine the depth and quality of an aquifer before you commit to drilling.

Building a New Well

If you have determined that your aquifer is useable, there are some considerations to be made before you begin to drill. First, you need to acquire a permit. Wells use a pumping system to push or lift water up out of the ground and into your plumbing system. They are fitted with various seals and filtering mechanisms to keep your water clean and free from contaminants. A brand new well will not work at first, and will need to be “developed”, or have water forced through it, in order to establish water flow into your plumbing system.

Maintaining a Well

Once you’ve spent the time and money of getting a well drilled, you’ll need to maintain it. You shouldn’t try to service your well on your own; leave it to a professional who understands how your well works. Preventive maintenance will save you money, so make certain that you don’t neglect the care and maintenance required. Do regular checks on your screens, and take care to keep hazardous chemicals far away from your well. If you have concerns about your water quality, contact a professional to test your water.

Call American Water Surveyors

Well drillers are paid regardless of whether they find water or just empty rock. There is no point in drilling a dry well. American Water Surveyors can test the depth, quality and quantity of water on your property so that when you invest in a well, you know you will be getting your money’s worth. Contact us to find your best groundwater source and let us set up an appointment to assess your well’s potential before you start digging.Blog pic2.png

October 9, 2016 at 10:50 am Comments (0)