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Comparison: Drilling and Paying by the Foot vs Calling the Water Finders First

Summary: Spending money with a water locator can save you significant funds when it comes to drilling. Learn how this cost will help keep money in your pocket.

Ground water wells are an important part of any rural area. Whether the land is for residence, commercial or agriculture, a water supply is needed to provide services and amenities to that property. In most rural areas, this water is supplied through a ground water well. If this property is a new development, then a new well must be dug. The method and cost to drill this well will be determined by the difficulty to drill as well as the type of well that is installed. Drilling costs are quoted by the foot. You will pay a set fee for each foot of ground that is drilled regardless of if the driller strikes water. The goal, of course, is to locate an underground aquifer that will provide a reliable supply of usable water. While the drilling company will gather information prior to drilling, the drilling process itself still comes down to a carefully calculated guess.

How Deep is your Aquifer?

The main factor in the pricing, of course, is the depth of your well before an aquifer is located. While you want your well to be close to your buildings or area of use, you also want it to be drilled in an area that requires the least amount of drilling. This keeps your footage, and therefore your costs, to a minimum. You also need to follow the drilling guidelines of the well location in proximity to current wells, buildings and agricultural areas. This combination of requirements and needs does make locations limited, and finding the best location to drill a very skilled trade. If an aquifer cannot be located, then drilling is restarted at a new site, adding significant additional cost to the well owner.

What Moves your Water?


When an aquifer is located, the well is completed by attaching a pump and lines to continuously bring the water to the surface and supply the property with water. These pumps, lines and supplies will have their own costs. Some aquifers have drastically fluctuating water levels, and this will affect both the quality and quantity of water coming from your well.

Artisan wells are wells that are dug into a highly pressured aquifer. When one of these aquifers is drilled into, the water will flow to the surface without the use of a pump. These wells are more costly to fit as the water pressure must be contained and regulated. Accidently drilling into one of these underground sources will immediately increase the estimated cost of your well.

While it is always proper practice to get a well estimate prior to drilling, the final cost of your well can be significantly higher. The sediment that is drilled though, the location and depth of the aquifer and the setback requirements of the well itself will all determine the cost of the drilling. Once water is reached, the pump used to supply your property will also play a large part into the final well construction costs.

Here’s how to Save on Well Drilling Costs – Find the Water BEFORE you Drill

We locate water before you drill. By locating the water source prior to drilling, we can save you thousands of dollars by showing you where to drill in the right spot, the first time. Drilling a well is a highly calculated task, it makes sense to remove as many of the variables as possible in order to have a successful drill at the cheapest price possible. Does locating water cost money? Yes, it does. But it is much cheaper then drilling surprises after the job has been started. Are you planning on drilling a well? Contact us first. At American Water Surveyors, we can save you thousands of dollars, money that can go back towards your home, your company and your businesses.

January 6, 2018 at 9:21 am Comments (0)

Private Well Owners: Why You Need to Find the Water Before You Dig a New Well

Summary: Locating a good well site location is much more affordable and reliable than it has been in the past. Due to advancements in technology, water witching and drilling dry test wells will soon become a thing of the past. American Water Surveyors will find a good well site location, faster than you thought possible.

Do you live in an area that requires you to have a well in order to access clean drinking water? A large number of people rely on wells to access clean water, as only big cities and densely populated areas have piped water. What a lot of people don’t know is the best way to find a water source, before digging a new well. Rather than blindly attempting to find water, American Water Surveyors will show you how to find a good well site location.

Ineffective Groundwater Location Methods

When it comes to locating a good well site location, there are many individuals who will try to sell you on a method that is not particularly effective. More often than not, people assume that drilling test wells is the best way to go about finding a good spot. Unfortunately, blindly drilling test wells can quickly become an expensive and time-consuming feat. Although in most cases drilling is effective, it often ends up being a costly exploration method. In order to avoid the unnecessary expense of drilling without first locating a source of water, there are others who may try to convince you to hire a “water witch.”

Water witching is probably the only form of magic still believed in by a large proportion of the adult population. You’ve likely seen or read about these water witches or “dowsers,” as they were traditionally used to locate groundwater. These individuals hold a Y-shaped twig or metal rods in both hands, with a single branch or rod facing outwards. The diviner walks over the ground where the well water is most likely to be found, and if the twig or rod suddenly wavers or drops down, the water source is reputed to be below. Unfortunately, these people are simply “magicians” who want you to believe that they have the divine powers of determining where to drill for water.

Finding Water Before You Dig a Well

Fortunately, science has come a long way and can now provide you with a third option for finding groundwater, which is much more reliable and affordable than the methods of the past. American Water Surveyors uses the world’s leading-edge technology to measure groundwater depths and yields. Our methods are based upon physics, not magic. Advanced seismoelectric survey instruments allow us to detect water, as well as the depth and its anticipated yield, without drilling a test well. Geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all considered when mapping out potential groundwater sources.

Seismic exploration can actually see the fluids in rock and soil, drastically reducing the need to drill test wells as an exploration method. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second.

Best of all, the portability of the equipment we use for finding water allows us to travel anywhere in the United States to help our clients with their Texas well water, Oklahoma water wells, well drilling in New Mexico, or their private wells in Colorado.

Call American Water Surveyors today at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) to obtain a very affordable quote for our services. By comparing the cost of one dry test well to the cost of our services, you will see how affordable finding a good well site location can be!

January 3, 2018 at 7:06 pm Comments (0)