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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.


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)

Disaster Stories of Dry Well Drilling

Drilling a water well isn’t quite as simple as just digging until you hit water. A lot can go wrong, which means surveying before you drill is more than a good recommendation; it’s a necessary component of ensuring you end up with a successful and safe well.

The disaster stories—what can go wrong

There are a couple of different types of things that can go wrong when you are drilling your well. For instance, you could hit something in the process of drilling down to your new potential water source, leaving you with a geyser instead of a well (let’s just hope it’s a water main you’ve hit and not a sewage main). Similarly, you could hit something that will contaminate your water source, or you could access a contaminated source of water—like water with too much salinity, or water that is contaminated with something worse. In these instances, the risk isn’t just to your own well. Drill the wrong way, and one wrong frack could lead to the cross contamination of your neighbors’ water sources, too. Alternatively, you could end up with a dry well, and the prospects there aren’t any better.

Dry wells can take a couple of different forms. First, there are the shallow wells that have hit water, but which run out of water quickly during summer heat and drought. These types of wells can sometimes be drilled deeper to access a more stable source of water—but not always. Alternatively, you could end up with a well that is purely in the wrong place and never had a hope of hitting water. Drilling a well—especially a deep well—is a very expensive endeavor, and a dry well will leave you with nothing to show for your money or efforts except a potential safety hazard on your property.

How surveying can help

Surveying can help you determine the depth your well needs to be and the potential yield of the water before you start drilling. A groundwater survey sends deep pulses of seismic sound waves into the ground. The information that is sent back can determine where there are aquifers, layers of water-bearing permeable rock, rock fractures, gravel, sand, or silt. Technological advancements have even enabled experts to determine potential yield as well as just availability of water, and this can go a long way towards ensuring you drill a well that is going to adequately cover all of your water needs. From this information, experts can assess where it would be most practical to drill a well, and how much water it will be able to produce, estimated either in gallons per minute or in liters per second. It can help you avoid ending up with a dry well, and it can also reveal other pipes and systems that could leave you with either a contaminated water source or the old faithful of raw sewage.

Surveying can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, and it can help to ensure the water you end up with is safe for you and your family to drink. For more information about having a water survey done before you drill, or to get a quote, contact us at American Water Surveyors today.

July 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm Comments (0)

How Does Getting A Water Survey Save Me Money?

Alright, let’s use some hypotheticals to demonstrate this point: say you are staring at a totally untouched, five-acre stretch of land. You decide to build a house on it, but you need to service it. So, you have to pay to get electricity to it, and install a septic system, and dig a well to have water. What makes more sense to you? To dig a hole for a septic tank without knowing what your digging into, or to survey the land first? What if you bury that septic tank right on top of the best source of water?blog pic

Dollars and sense

In the above-mentioned scenario, you’d likely want to relocate your septic system, which means digging a new spot for it, and then repairing the old spot to accommodate a well – and of course, you don’t want these two things to be too close to each other either. It costs money to buy a septic system and have it installed, and it costs money to remove and relocate a septic system. It also costs money to have a proper well drilled and built – even if that well turns out to be dry. So at the end of the day, doing a proper land and water survey is the best way to guard against making costly mistakes.


A survey should always be the very first thing you do on your land before anything is built. You need to know exactly what your plot is made of, especially if you are in a rural location. You don’t want to build your home on unstable ground, and you don’t want to dig multiple dry wells – you certainly don’t want to put your septic system in the wrong place. Yes, land and water surveys cost money, but if you are going to build your own home, or need a new well because a previous one is now dry, you don’t want to forgo these costs simply to save a buck. Let’s face it, at the end of the day skipping a survey could end up costing you more than you budgeted for anyway. Do it right the first time.

Survey before you buy

You might come across undeveloped plots for sale, and there is a good chance those plots have already been surveyed, so you’ll want to go over those records before you buy any land. If a survey has not been done, paying to have one completed prior to buying any land is important. Think about it like you would if you were buying a home; you never purchase a home without doing a professional home inspection first, because it’s important that you know what you are buying – and it can give you negotiating leverage over the price. The same is true for buying land. Never buy something you aren’t fully informed on. The land could be contaminated, it could be primarily boggy, or it could have no usable water resources on it.

The fact of the matter is, cutting corners to save money now will always result in you paying that money later anyway, and possibly more than you would have paid the first time around. Collect all the information you can to begin with so that you can make an informed decision the first time around.

To get an affordable, high-quality water survey that will locate groundwater and estimate the depth and yield so your well drillers know exactly where to drill, contact American Water Surveyors today.

July 11, 2016 at 7:50 am Comments (0)

Pre-plan Before you Drill a Well

drilling rigThe Timing

The best time to drill a well is when the property is still a vacant lot. That said, not everyone has the luxury of doing so, but if you are thinking of building a new house or cottage, make sure you drill your well before you start construction. That way, if the driller has to relocate the well or experiences any problems while drilling, the hassle of dealing with those issues will be far less than if the driller has to navigate around an already-built structure. If you are purchasing or inheriting a house, however, make sure you do your research before you go ahead and drill, as not doing so can cost you a lot of money and time.

Plan Ahead

Before you decide to drill a well, it is crucial that you consult with a land surveyor, and spend some time assessing your land and its potential for a well. While there are no guarantees that your well will tap into a surplus of fresh groundwater, there are ways to determine where groundwater is most likely to exist.

First, you should obtain detailed records about your property from your local archive, which can be accessed online. These records will provide you with topographic and geologic information, and will also be able to help you determine whether or not a well has previously been dug on your land, and to what degree of success.

Second, you should have a scientific groundwater survey conducted. Is it worth the cost? Absolutely! Not only are groundwater surveys affordable, they actually save you money in the long run. Well drillers are paid by the foot and if they don’t hit water, too bad for you. You still have to pay (and you have a big hole on your property to contend with). Since well drilling is expensive, you want to make sure your drillers know where to drill. You also want to know the yield and depth of your potential well. Sure, you may be able to guess where the water is, but do you want a shallow, inefficient well? That is a waste of money and will cause you problems for years, not to mention what a bad well does to your property value. When you call in the professional groundwater surveyors to find water, you are setting up your well drillers, and your well, for success.

Thus, pre-planning is one of the best things you can do when it comes to well drilling.

Need a Groundwater Survey?

For more information on the best times and conditions to drill a well, or to book a groundwater survey, 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 we look forward to hearing from you.

June 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm Comments (0)

Five Things that Happen When you Don’t Survey Before you Drill

Drilling a well isn’t quite as simple as just digging until you hit water. A lot can go wrong, and while these mistakes can make for some entertaining video footage, they are definitely not the most efficient way to get a well up and running.blog pic

Here are five reasons not surveying before you drill that well is a bad idea:

  1. You want to hit water—not create a new golf course.

When drilling a well, you really want to hit water the first time you drill. You don’t want to have to drill two, three, or thirty holes only to find out that you still don’t have a water source. As fun as it could be to turn your yard into a golf course—or a whack-a-mole court—there are a lot more cost-efficient ways to serve both purposes. Surveying before you drill can ensure you find your well the first time—then you can focus on building yourself a golf course you won’t lose your ball in.

2. Don’t let a diviner lead you to your sewage system.

Whether you are divining, dowsing, doodlebugging, or water witching, you are basically doing the same thing—you are looking for water. It’s a decision that can help you avoid digging up your backyard, but what kind of water are you looking for? Hiring a diviner, a water dowser, or a water witch is still a practice that is made use of to this day, and while the practice does hold some merit, there’s not much information to tell you what type of water you are locating when you follow that divining rod and start drilling that well. The last thing you want to do is drill down all that way to find water from an old sewage system. Surveying can help you identify what type of water you are drilling towards so you don’t end up paying for bottled water along with that expensive well.

3. Looking for the next Old Faithful?

Even if you happen to find the right water source at the right depth, it is important to find out what you are drilling through to get to it. One wrong pipe or water main in the way, and you could end up with the next Old Faithful in your backyard, and if you don’t want to become the next tourist hotspot in your area (or the next YouTube video to go viral), then you need to survey before you drill so you can see exactly what you’ll be drilling through.

4. Is it deep enough?

There’s nothing worse than drilling down to an inadequate water supply. No one really likes a three-minute shower—or to run the washing machine at four-minute intervals. Surveying can help ensure that you drill down to the right depth and install the right size of water pump to provide you with an adequate supply of water for whatever your needs.

5. Did you put your well in the wrong place?

As well as helping you to locate an adequate water supply, surveying can help you ensure that you put your well somewhere that makes sense. You don’t want it to be located somewhere you will be tripping over it all the time, nor do you want it anywhere near where you park your car or run your snow blower, but you also want to avoid putting it too close to your garden—or your pig pen. Putting your well head too close to fertilizers or waste is an easy way to contaminate your whole water supply.

If you are planning to drill a well, don’t wait until you make your first mistake. Contact an experienced surveyor, like American Water Surveyors, and drill your well right the first time.

June 20, 2016 at 10:45 am Comments (0)

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