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When the Well Runs Dry (in a First World Country)

Despite what you may think, access to water is not always a third-world problem. When you don’t do your due diligence before drilling a well, you are actually risking your future access to water. Large cities and densely populated areas have piped water, but everyone else is reliant upon wells to provide them with fresh water. Groundwater often provides clean fresh water via wells, but it is very important to properly plan for such wells, in order to avoid any disaster in the future.

What Happens When a Well Runs Dry?

Groundwater is located within aquifers, below the Earth’s surface, and is an important natural resource. These aquifers are especially needed in areas, such as the arid West, which has an extremely limited supply of fresh water from any other source. The water level in a well depends upon the depth of the well, the type of aquifer that the well utilizes, the amount and rate of pumping that occurs in the aquifer, the permeability of the underground rock surrounding the well, and the amount of recharge that occurs as a result of precipitation or artificial recharge.

When one states that a well has “gone dry”, they mean that the water level has dropped below the pump intake. Just because a groundwater well has gone dry, this does not mean that it is permanent. The water level within a well that has gone dry may come back over time, as the aquifer is recharged via precipitation, or the pumping of the aquifer is lessened.

Access to Well Water During Drought

Droughts have a severe impact on the levels of water available within a well. The water levels within the aquifers that supply these wells do not stay the same for long. Any variation in weather or temperature can have an effect, including droughts and extreme rainfall. It is also important to consider, before drilling a well, how many people are going to be dependent upon it. If the well is pumped at a faster rate than the aquifer around it is recharged, the water levels in the well will begin to deplete. This often happens during drought, due to the lack of rain, however, it is an important consideration to keep in mind before drilling. The water level within a well can also deplete as a result of the other wells in the area withdrawing too much water. This is why it is important to locate groundwater and get an estimate of the depth and yield in the location before you drill a well.

American Water Surveyors

American Water Surveyors use the best state-of-the-art technologies in order to find groundwater depth, yields, and suitability before you partake in any costly well drilling. Choosing an affordable groundwater survey will not only lessen costs, but will also take the guesswork out of drilling for water. Depending on antiquated techniques, such as drilling experimental wells or divining water sources, is very dangerous Since you have no concept of the yield available to you, during an emergency, you will risk pumping the groundwater surrounding you to the point of near depletion.

We have completed over 575 ground water surveys in 20 different states. It is very simple; at American Water Surveyors, we find water, guaranteed. Be prepared in the event of an emergency, and do not let the fear of having your well run dry destroy your peace of mind. Visit us online, call us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661), or email us at info@wefindwater.com today to find out more information.

January 18, 2017 at 6:41 am Comments (0)

Well Water Trivia

Well water is often taken for granted. Water is a resource that we cannot live without, but in most developed regions, little thought is given to where it comes from and the longevity of that water supply. From the moment we wake up, until we are fast asleep at night, we use water in one form or another, but how good is your knowledge about the water you use?

Test yourself with these trivia questions:Blog pic3

If you drank eight glasses of water per day from a tap, what would the average cost per year be?

Answer: Approximately $0.40.

If you drank eight glasses of water per day from bottle, what would the average cost per year be?

Answer: Approximately $1400.

How much water is leaked by the New York water system daily?

Answer: Approximately 36 million gallons.

What were the first water pipes in the United States made from?

Answer: Wood.

If you combined the water pipes and aqueducts in Canada and the United States, how many miles long would these systems be?

Answer: Approximately 1 million miles, enough to circle the earth 40 times.

What is one way to determine if a chicken egg is fresh or stale?

Answer: A fresh egg with sink in water. A stale egg with float in water.

What temperature does water freeze?

Answer: 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

What temperature does water evaporate?

Answer: 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is frozen water lighter than liquid water?

Answer: Yes, 9% lighter, this is why ice floats.

What room in a house uses the most water?

Answer: Your bathroom. It uses almost 50% of the daily household water consumption.

Which liquid can dissolve the most substances?

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Answer: Water dissolves the most substances, surpassing even sulphuric acid. This shows the full effect of pollutants contaminating our water supplies.

Where does one quarter of the bottled water come from?

Answer: From municipal services, the same place as tap water in urban areas.

What three forms is water naturally found in?

Answer: Solid, liquid and gas. Water is the only substance in the world found naturally in all three forms.

How many gallons of water does the average household use per day?

Answer: Over 100 gallons.

How much water does a dairy cow need to drink in order to produce one gallon of milk?

Answer: Four gallons.

How much water does it take to produce one ton of steel?

Answer: Approximately 62,000 gallons.

As you can see, water affects us daily. Even if you are not using water at an exact moment, chances are that you are using a product that needed water to be manufactured or produced.

Many Americans in rural areas have their own water supply. American Water Surveyors uses expert knowledge and technology to locate underground water sources and estimate the depth and yield of the supply, ensuring that homeowners never dig (and pay for) a dry well. Contact us today if you have a well to dig. One call saves you time, headaches and money.

January 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm Comments (0)