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Understanding Seismoelectrics and Making this Technology Work for You

Finding Groundwater Sources

Do you know how to go about locating a groundwater source, before you call in the well drillers? Although drilling is an effective method of finding groundwater, it is also very costly. Even when water is found using this method, it is difficult to determine the yield and depth of the groundwater source. Divining water sources using a “water witch”, is kind of like a “magician” telling you what location is best suited for drilling, is extremely risky, although it is a practice that is still used today. Relying on a stick or a “feeling” to locate groundwater can cost you dearly. You are charged by the foot whether or not a driller drills a dry well, and without knowing how much water is in the location of your choice, you can quickly pump your well dry during an emergency or through prolonged use.

The Technology of Seismoelectrics

Rather than leaving it all up to magic, placing your faith in physics will lead you to the groundwater sources that you need. Seismoelectrics is the modern technique of choice when it comes to locating groundwater sources, and is much more dependable and informative than past techniques ever were. The GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument detects electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. The depths from which these signals originate can also be estimated. In order to estimate water table depth, the downward transition from a disordered signal geometry to signals having a focused radial symmetry are noted. The lateral variability of aquifers is mapped by calculating systematic surveys along traverses or in grids. Used in conjunction with a seismic source that creates sharp sound pulses, the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument can determine where and how the sound is moving. There are various factors that contribute to the collection of pertinent data, including: signal strength as a function of all three spatial coordinates and time, power line noise field strength, antenna impedance, as well as source and receiver coupling. All of this and more allows for the accurate mapping of groundwater sources, including the depth and yield without taking part in any unnecessary digging. With this technology you can tell your well drillers exactly where to drill, and be confident that you will get the highest yielding location for a well.

Contact American Water Surveyors Today

Do not start any costly drilling before determining the groundwater depth, yield and suitability for your potential well. At American Water Surveyors, we use state-of-the- art technology to ensure that you will find the groundwater you need. Call today to save time, money and headaches. Don’t guess where the water is; be sure by relying on our seismoelectric technology. Visit us online, call us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661), or email us at info@wefindwater.com today to find out more information.

February 3, 2017 at 10:01 am Comments (0)

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?

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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 (2)

What is the Best Time of Year to Drill a Well and Other Well Questions Answered

drilling rigPeople drill wells on their property for various reasons. Sometimes it’s the only option available on a rural property. Some want to take advantage of the fact the majority of the earth’s fresh water lives underground. Some families want to live as sustainably as possible or live off the grid, so a well on their property gives them freedom and autonomy. Whatever the reason, drilling a well requires research and preparation. Before you get started, there are probably questions you have about when—at what point in the construction process and what time of year—the well should be drilled.

The Construction Process

Do you drill a well on an empty lot? Do you drill it in the middle of the house construction process? Or is it possible to wait until the house is complete before you start drilling? In some situations we might recommend that you get the well done as early as possible; however, it is possible to drill at almost any time during the process, if it’s done properly.

Time of Year

You might also be asking, what is the best time of year to drill a well? There are some variables that can affect the answer, the biggest being where your property is located. In a warm climate with limited temperature fluctuation throughout the year, you can drill at any time. However, if you live in a colder, four-season climate, your drilling company might have a preference to drill in warmer seasons when conditions are more favorable for outdoor work, and there is no snow and ice to deal with. With that being said, many well drilling companies are comfortable and equipped to drill in winter; the hard, frozen ground is no different from drilling through rock, which is a common occurrence in any climate or location. Other companies might be fine with cold but hesitant in wet conditions when the rain can make the ground muddy, slippery and unstable, putting the safety of workers and equipment at risk.

Ask Away!

Questions and uncertainty are normal parts of having a well drilled on your property. In fact, asking those questions is an important part of the process, so don’t be afraid to ask! At American Water Surveyors, we use technology to locate the water and estimate the depth and yield of the flow before the well drillers arrive. When you can tell the drillers exactly where to drill, you don’t run the risk of paying for a dry or substandard well. When you’re getting ready to drill a well on your property, get in touch with us. Knowing where to drill saves you time, money and hassle.

December 22, 2016 at 3:54 pm Comments (0)

Tony St James Interviews the Owner of American Water Surveyors: Some Takeaways

Building a well is a huge commitment of labor and resources. When your well is in a good place over a clean aquifer, the cost and time are well worth it, but if your well doesn’t work, or if it goes dry after a short while, then you’re left with lost money and a well you can’t use. Nobody wants that, which is where American Water Surveyors comes in. Recently, Tony St James interviewed our company’s owner, Gerald Burden, about the process of surveying the potential sites of water wells. Here are a few of the highlights of that interview, along with some insights from the company.

A Well-Established Company

American Water Surveyors has been in business for nearly a decade. We owe our success to our expertise and dedication to helping our customers find high quality aquifers so that they can build reliable, long-lasting water wells for their property. With our state-of-the-art equipment we are able to estimate the depth and yield potential of a well long before the project of building it has begun. We have surveyed in 21 states and are reaching the mark of 600 properties surveyed, which makes us a well-established company, no pun intended!

Saving You Time and Money

We take each surveying assignment very seriously, taking the time to individually research each request before even traveling to the location of the potential well. This allows us to save customers time and money by weeding out unsuitable locations before we commit to surveying the land. Our seismic detection equipment can help to narrow down the best place to drill your well, completely eliminating the costly process of trial and error. It may seem like witchcraft, but it’s all due to reliable technology, hard work and dedication. No black magic required, although we admit that dowsing rods would be quite convenient if they actually worked!

The Importance Of Professional Surveying

Beyond the steep cost of building and maintaining a water well, there are other reasons to hire American Water Surveyors to survey your land before you start drilling. Not all aquifers are created equal, and some of them can run a high risk of contamination. We help you avoid the risk of unusable water by analyzing the location of your intended site for contaminants both natural and man-made. Our goal is to make certain that your well is not only functional and reliable, but completely safe for you, your family and your livestock.

Contact Us Before You Drill

The beauty of a properly drilled well is that it allows you to live in areas that are off the main grid, and to independently maintain your own water supply. American Water Surveyors wants to help you to keep that convenience and independence in a safe and affordable manner. Give us a call before you start planning a new well. We can help you to invest your resources wisely so you end up with a well that will serve you and your family for years to come.

November 29, 2016 at 11:37 am Comments (0)

Educate Yourself! Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled

If you have ever needed a well drilled, you know that most water well drillers are paid by the foot. This means they get paid no matter what; whether or not they find water is irrelevant. This can cause a great deal of financial distress if the driller winds up drilling a dry well.

How We Can Help

At American Water Surveyors, we use the best in state-of-the-art technologies, in order to find groundwater depth, yields, and suitability. We do all of this before you call the drillers. Getting an affordable groundwater survey can not only lessens your final cost, but also takes the guesswork out of drilling for water. If you depend on old techniques such as drilling experimental wells or divining water sources, you will risk pumping the groundwater near depletion in your area during an emergency, as you will not have a clear idea of the yield available to you, or worse – you could wind up drilling that expensive dry well.

Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled

With our new DVD, Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled, you will see the process step-by-step, from drilling to well construction, and finally, equipment installation. By familiarizing yourself with this process, you no longer have to rely on the opinions of others when it comes to drilling a well. You can now become the expert on water well drilling! Learn the basics of groundwater and the home water system today, before you make any costly decisions regarding your own property. By understanding why you may not be able to drill a suitable well, although you can find groundwater almost everywhere, you will be able to better understand the entire process. This allows you to save time and money, as you will make empowered and informed decisions.

Order The DVD

The DVD Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled was produced by the American Groundwater Trust, so you know that you are getting a quality product full of useful information. There are beautiful graphics with expert narration throughout. This is a very high quality product, for a very reasonable price. The DVD is just $20 (plus shipping and handling depending on where you live). Your payment will be securely processed via PayPal. The DVD is 15 minutes long, and you get a lot for your money. You get the ability to save thousands of dollars by simply understanding the process.

Contact Us Today

Based in Forth Worth, Texas, American Water Surveyors will come to you, no matter where in America you happen to be. We’ve completed over 600 ground water surveys in 21 states. Visit us today at www.wefindwater.com or contact us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) by phone, and info@wefindwater.com via email. We welcome the opportunity to survey for water wells in any state!

November 23, 2016 at 4:06 pm Comments (0)

American Water Surveyors Presents What You Should Know Before you Drill a Well

If you’re thinking about drilling a well, you’ll want to do your research first. Drilling a well is often a very expensive and time-consuming experience, and many people end up with nothing to show for it, other than wasted money, energy and time. This is because well drillers get paid by the foot regardless of if they hit a water source. If they don’t know where to drill, you get a dry well and an expensive bill.blog-pic1

That’s why we’ve created the book What You Should Know Before You Drill a Well, which provides a comprehensive and thorough guide to all the ins-and-outs of drilling a well. The book answers questions, such as (1) How can a groundwater survey save hundreds if not thousands of dollars? (2) What kind of technology determines the presence of groundwater? (3) What questions should you ask a well driller, and many, many more! This book is especially useful for landowners who have never drilled a well before, and have very little idea of where to start. However, What You Should Know Before You Drill a Well is not only aimed at property owners and developers who are thinking about drilling a well for the first time; it also provides clear guidance and critical information to people with all levels of experience in drilling a well.

Comprehensive and Complete

The book not only provides detailed information about how to find groundwater, but also provides information regarding the types of questions you should ask a driller, how often you should test your groundwater, and what kinds of well development methods are available to ensure maximum yield from your well.

Read the Book, Watch the DVD

While the book What You Should Know Before You Drill a Well provides clear and comprehensive advice, with easy-to-follow diagrams and even some fun facts, if you’re really serious about drilling a well, you’ll want to get the DVD as well. Produced by American Ground Water Trust, the DVD, entitled Water Well Basics: How a Water Well is Drilled shows the step-by-step process of drilling a well, and provides viewers with important information on well construction and well equipment.

The DVD also features excellent graphics accompanied by expert narration, so that you can get clear insight into the process of drill-welling, and thus make informed decisions when it comes to drilling your own well and testing your water on a regular basis.

For more information on ordering the book and/or DVD, e-mail American Water Surveyors at info@wefindwater.com. You can also visit our website at www.wefindwater.com or call us at 877-SEISMOI (734-7661). We are more than happy to respond to all of your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you! Happy drilling!

November 5, 2016 at 8:35 am Comments (0)

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.

Aquifers

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)

What you Need to know About Well Drilling in the Southern States

If you’ve decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to live in comfort and tranquility in the country, one thing you need to consider is your water supply. Living on an acreage, ranch, or farm has many advantages – clean air, beautiful natural surroundings – but figuring out what the right conditions are for drilling a well can be a challenging endeavor.

For one, you’ll need to know whether or not your property has a groundwater supply. There are many ways to do this. First, you need to determine whether the cost and benefits of drilling a well exceeds those of piping or shipping water in. Second, make sure you get access to your property’s records and geological surveys so you can find out whether a well has been dug previously on your property. You will need to know the specific location of where the well is to be drilled. Many property records can now be accessed online; however, depending on your location in the southern states, you may need to visit the public archives.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Drilling a well is not always the most efficient or cost-effective way to get access to clean, fresh water, especially in the southern states, where the climate is hotter and dryer. It may, in fact, cost you less to simply connect to a public water supply (if possible in your area) as you may run the risk of finding inadequate or poor quality water. That’s why having a water survey done before you drill a well is absolutely essential for saving you money, time, and stress.

Poor quality drinking water can cause you, your family, and even your pets or livestock to become ill, as bacteria can live and thrive in your water supply. If you decide to go ahead and drill a well, make sure that you have your water supply tested on a yearly or even bi-annual basis, as your well water can become contaminated, particularly from fecal coliform from human or animal waste. If you notice any water discoloration, strange odors, or salty tasting water, have your water tested immediately to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Hire a Professional

If you’re a resident of one of the southern states looking to drill a well, hire a professional to conduct a water survey. Even if you’re the DIY type, having a water survey done will save you countless hours of labor and spent energy and time. Plus, with a water survey, you’ll be able to avoid expensive and highly stressful mistakes. If your drillers drill a dry well, you still have to pay them by the foot. A professional water surveyor points out where the water is, and estimates the depth and yield. The surveyor can also advise if the location is not ideal even if water is found (too close to a feedlot, for example).

For more information on having a water survey performed, e-mail American Water Surveyors at info@wefindwater.com with any questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit our website at www.wefindwater.com or call us at 877-SEISMOI (734-7661). We are more than happy to respond to all of your inquiries and look forward to hearing from you! Happy drilling!

August 31, 2016 at 8:42 am Comments (0)

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