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Water drilling in Kansas – Why you Need a Water Finding Company First

Summary: Here’s why you need to find a water finding company before you start drilling for water in Kansas.

When you are planning to drill a well anywhere, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and actually locate the water before you start drilling for it. It’s a step that, while it may seem like a needless additional cost, can actually save you a good chunk of money—and it can save your yard from looking like you just played the most serious game of whack-a-mole in your life.

How much can you save?

While the cost of drilling your well depends on a number of variables, on average, the cost of drilling a well usually falls between $4,000 and $7,000. That covers materials, machinery, other equipment, and the cost of the pump system. It’s a hefty enough expense, but those costs aren’t static. The cost can be influenced by the characteristics of your property, and they can also be driven up—by a lot—if you have to keep drilling and re-drilling to locate your water source. Further, if you locate a water source that simply isn’t deep enough for your needs, you can find yourself having to endure the process and costs all over again. Using a water finding company the first time around can save you a lot of money—and stress.

But money isn’t everything

The added cost is a pretty significant point, but it isn’t the only risk you are taking if you drill a well without using a water finding company to locate the best possible source of water first. In order for your well to be safe from any possibly leaching of contaminants, its proximity to potential contamination points, like your septic tank, an old septic tank you may not even be aware of, gardens and fertilized fields, neighboring landfills (current or repurposed), and roadways, needs to be factored in.

Kansas has its own region-specific risks and challenges, too.

A water finding company knows how to survey for pre-existing property features that may present a risk to your water quality after you drill and set up your well; however, a water finding company in Kansas will also be able to help you avoid potential geological hazards that are specific to Kansas’s geological landscape.

Kansas is known for some unique geological features—like the chalk monoliths, mineral deposits and old mining sites, and even fossil sites. While these features make Kansas an amazing place to live, they also point to some risk potential when it comes to attempting to blindly drill a well. An experienced water finding company will survey your area and familiarize itself with the geological features of your region, and that can prevent you from attempting to drill a well in an area whose geological features could negatively impact the functionality or healthiness of the well. For instance, a water finding company can ensure you are not attempting to drill a well in an area of the Smoky Hill Chalk Member, which is highly susceptible to erosion. A water finding company can also survey for other geological hazards, like proximity to abandoned mines, or to mineral deposits (like lead) that could negatively impact your water quality—and your safety. And, of course, the can survey to ensure your water drilling project won’t end up unearthing the next great paleontological find.

For more information about the benefits of hiring an experienced water finding company before you start drilling the well for your Kansas home, contact us at American Water Surveyors today.

February 10, 2018 at 12:22 pm Comments (0)

Everything You Wanted to Know About Groundwater (and How to Find It)

Summary: Here’s what you need to know before drilling a groundwater well.

Groundwater is the water that lives just below the surface of the Earth, in spaces between rock formations, and in the soil, sand and rocks that make up the ground in most areas. Unlike surface water, which tends to live in large, uninterrupted bodies such as lakes, rivers and streams, most groundwater exists in small pockets which may not be usable on their own, but when combined together, account for a great deal of our water supply. The notable exceptions are springs and aquifers, which are large openings that accommodate quantities of groundwater.

Though groundwater isn’t very visible, it’s very useful. Groundwater wells are a great water source for homes not connected to municipal water supply. Before digging your groundwater well, here are a few basic facts you should know.

Groundwater and Surface Water are not Mutually Exclusive

Much of the water you see in surface bodies of water, like lakes, rivers and streams, actually comes from groundwater. As rainwater seeps into the rocks and soils and becomes part of the groundwater supply, it continues to move, and will often reach the bed of bodies of surface water, and may get mixed into the flow. It’s important to remember that the relationship between the two exists, as whatever happens to surface water can affect groundwater and vice versa. Maintaining a clean, healthy, unpolluted water supply means exercising caution with both types of water, as eventually, both will likely end up in your drinking water.

Groundwater is an Abundant Resource, but Takes Time to Replenish

Good news if you’re planning on drilling a groundwater well—groundwater makes up the bulk of the water supply in most places. In fact, the volume of surface water in the United States is completely dwarfed by the volume of water that exists just under the surface.

However, groundwater supplies also take longer to replenish. While surface water supplies like lakes and rivers are easily replenished during a major rainfall, catching every drop that comes toward them, water has a longer journey to get the groundwater level. It’s important to consider the sustainability of groundwater in any given location before drilling a well, to ensure it will supply you for years to come.

Finding Groundwater for Your Well

Groundwater wells are built by drilling deep enough into the ground to access an aquifer, a porous rock formation or fracture where an abundance of groundwater has pooled, providing a sustainable source of well water. If a well is not drilled deeply enough, or if the aquifer is too small, it will take too long to replenish, and it won’t be long before the well is dry and a new one must be drilled.

To avoid drilling an unsustainable groundwater well, be sure to connect with American Water Surveyors to assess your land before drilling, and leave the drilling to trusted experts. Having reputable professionals handle every aspect of your well, from determining the location, to drilling and testing the water supply, will ensure your groundwater well keeps providing for years to come.

February 1, 2018 at 1:28 pm Comments (0)