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Live Near a Farm? Here is why you Need a Water Finding Service Before Drilling a Well


When living in a farming community or area, you are most likely reliant on well water as the main source of water for your home or farmstead. While water may be in a lot of locations under the ground at any given moment, you need to find the proper location before you drill a well. You don’t see oil companies just drilling randomly to find their sources of wealth, so you shouldn’t for drill randomly for finding water either. Wells are expensive to drill, as drilling companies often charge by the foot. Blindly drilling can be costly if you don’t hit a good enough source, because you are charged whether the water drillers find water or not. This is where water finding services come in.

Seismic Technology

Finding water has advanced over the recent years with more technologies on the market. The days of dowsing or witching for groundwater are out, and now water finding service companies can help you find that perfect location for your well by scientifically analyzing the area. The most commonly used technology for finding good sources of water is a seismoelectric survey instrument such as the GF3500, which is able to detect electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. By using such instruments, a surveyor analyses up to 20 sites per day to find just the right place and depth to drill for a well.

Not only does the GF3500 find water, it can also give information such as the depth and the quality of the water as the signal penetrates the aquifer and the surveyor analyses the signal sent to the software. Having enough water for what you need is important, especially if you are using it for a farm and not just a household.

Location, Location, Location

Finding water just anywhere is not ideal either, as many locations can be compromised by various issues. A water finding service will understand the risks and laws of where a well needs to be located, or not located. You aren’t going to want a well that is too close to a sewer, septic tank, near a pasture, on-lot sewage system absorption field, cesspool, barnyard or silo. As well, groundwater that is within 10 feet of the surface is not something you want either as it’ll be more susceptible to contamination.

A Sustainable Source

Using the information gathered by a seismoelectric survey, a water finding company can also determine whether the aquifer they have found is going to be useable long-term. With blind drilling, the drilling company may drill too fast or too far and miss a source of water, or drill too shallow in an aquifer and produce a less-than-ideal well that can’t keep up with demands. Farmers that are using groundwater for irrigation of their fields may be using the same aquifer that intersects with your property, so you’ll want to know if adding another well is going to be viable, particularly during growing seasons when the aquifer is being drained. (During off seasons it will be recovering and likely be able to handle the extra well.)

Contact us Today for a Water Finding Survey

If you are looking to put a well on your farm and want to ensure a safe, quality water source, contact American Water Surveyors today.

November 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm Comments (0)

The Difference Between a Dowsing Rod and the GF3500 Seismoelectric Survey Instrument

Summary: A dowsing rod won’t help you find water like the GF3500. Here’s why.

When it comes to finding water underground, there are a few options available to people and companies. Some of these options include dowsing rods, which will likely not help you find water, and tools like American Water Surveyors’ GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument, that are pretty much guaranteed to find water. What are these techniques and why is choosing a professional water surveying company the right choice?

First, it’s best to explain the differences between the GF3500 and dowsing rods, and how each works.

The GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument is a tool used by American Water Surveyors to help locate and determine the viability of water sources hidden deep underground. The device uses seismoelectric technology that sends pulses through the earth. Those pulses are then sent to a console for the user to investigate. Since water changes the pulses, the findings can actually visually represent the location and depth of the water. Based on the findings, the user can then determine if water exists below and even make educated assessments on whether that water is a viable source for a well.

A dowsing rod, by contrast, is a stick, usually with a y-shaped split at the end, used to sense where water may be. The process is based on divination, a non-scientific method in which someone who can sense the resources underground can focus their senses through the dowsing rod. While dowsing has long been abandoned in favor of more scientific and conclusive water finding methods, there is still a large group of people throughout the world who practice dowsing.

The main difference between dowsing and the GF3500 is, quite simply, that one is based on science and the other is based on superstition. Dowsing rods date back hundreds if not thousands of years, to times long before we based out knowledge on science and fact. While they sometimes worked, this was purely random or coincidence. Today, much more scientific options are available. Since dowsing is so unreliable, it can lead to lots of unnecessary excavation, costing you time and money.

This is why the difference between dowsing rods and scientific instruments matter: one can save you money while the other will mostly likely cost you time and money. By using American Water Surveyors, you can determine water sources and their viability before starting to dig, meaning you could spend less time and effort trying to find something that isn’t there. In the end, that will save you money and won’t waste your time. Plus, by going with a professional water surveying company, you could potentially find multiple water sources, so you can have multiple wells ready for a consistent supply of water.

People have been trying to find water underground for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that technology was created that can find reliably find water sources. With instruments like the GF3500, we can now look deep underground before excavation and determine the presence and viability of water sources below.

To learn more, visit American Water Surveyors.

November 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm Comments (0)