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The Ins and Out of Water Well Drilling in Colorado (and why you need to know where the water is before you drill)

When you are drilling water wells in Colorado, it is important to know where the water is before you drill. Knowing the depth and yield before you drill a water well can save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. When you hire someone to drill a water well for you, they will get paid by the foot as they drill. This money is earned whether they hit water or not! At American Water Surveyors, we are a water finding service that costs far less than drilling test wells or dry wells, and we pride ourselves on being a premier service provider in the water finding industry.

How We Find Water

Using the world’s leading edge technology to measure groundwater depths and yields, we are able to find water in Colorado, before digging any costly wells. The transmissivity of water can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second. In the past, the only ways that were thought to be effective methods of finding water were those that employed the use of a “water witch” or “dowser”. This process involves an individual holding a Y-shaped twig or metal rods held in both hands with a single branch facing outwards. This individual walks over the ground where the water is most likely to be found, and if the twig wavers or drops down, the water source is reputed to be below. These people were simply magicians who claimed to have some kind of divine powers of determining where to drill at a particular location. Even in modern times, this may be one of the only forms of magic still trusted by large proportions of the adult population, although there is no proof that such methods actually work. Our methods for locating groundwater supplies in advance of drilling is purely based on physics, not magic, and these methods have a proven track record of success.

Finding Groundwater in Colorado

Drilling for fresh water can be a very time consuming and expensive process. Before partaking in any costly drilling that runs the risk of producing zero results, call American Water Surveyors to find the perfect location to drill the water well you need. We will conduct an affordable groundwater survey on your property before you drill. You need to know where the water is before you drill, to avoid any costly mistakes including drilling a well where there is no reliable source of water available. Today’s highly technological practices of finding groundwater sources are much more credible than water dowsing. Using portable discovery and drilling equipment, including advanced seismic exploration instruments, we are able to see the fluids in rock and soil. Our method detects water in a reliable manner, and is also able to gauge the depth and anticipated yield of the water sources found. Geology, water tables, and area water well logs are all used when determining the best locations to begin the drilling process. We will travel anywhere in the United States to assist our clients, including Colorado! If you would like to dig your next water well with confidence, contact us today to learn more!

April 13, 2017 at 2:44 pm Comments (0)

Know Before You Drill: The Pros of Knowing Where the Water Is Before You Drill a Well

There are a number of ways to determine where water is located on your property, but when it comes time to drill a well, there are only a few methods that will actually guarantee you a successful (and clean) yield. It may seem like an expensive and time consuming extra step, but choosing a professional water finding service that can site your water supply for you is essential. Here are just a few of the reasons it’s a good idea to know where the water is before you start drilling.

  • Timmy fell down the well? …Which one?

If you don’t know where your water is before you start drilling, you could end up with an extra well—or five. The down-side is that they will be dry, and that the well you finally end up with still might not be drawing from the most efficient or even the cleanest source on your property. This is a frustrating part of skipping the prep-work of drilling your well, but more than just adding time and expense to your bill, it also creates a significant safety hazard. Timmy didn’t fall down the well in Lassie just to be dramatic; the accident made the show because it’s a very real concern—especially when you have a number of “test” wells, or dry wells, scattered about your property. One well can be concerning enough for parents of overly mischievous children, but you at least want to know which well Timmy fell into when Lassie comes running.

  • The Whack-a-mole look is a little passé—not to mention overpriced.

In addition to the safety concern, it is also more than a little unsightly to have a property that is riddled with holes—and unless you are planning to start up a game of giant golf and open up your doors for the tourist dollars, there isn’t much practical use you can gain from the added expense of your failed wells.

  • Who turned out the lights?

Part of siting your property’s water source includes a bit of surveying, too. That means checking property plans and using seismoelectrics to explore where the best locations are to drill. Without that prep work, you could end up hitting a few of the less desirable things that may be buried underground—like electric wires, for instance, which would be extremely dangerous to run into unbeknownst, not to mention the cost of having to get someone out to restore power to your home or garage.

  • Old faithful is only charming when it’s water you end up covered in.

Of course, electric wires, phone lines, and even television and internet cables aren’t the only things that might get buried underground. If you aren’t careful, you could end up hitting an old sewage line—and no one wants to be the one who has to realize that it isn’t water raining down on them.

  • This water tastes funny.

There are a lot of places you can drill a well where you might get lucky and hit a water source—but you really shouldn’t. A professional water finding company can study the water sources on your property—and the potential sources of contamination that might be nearby—to make sure the water you end up drilling into is safe, healthy, and free from the contaminants of nearby roads, gardens, septic systems, barnyard wastes, or fuel tanks.

  • Becoming master of the five-second shower isn’t as cool as it’s cracked up to be.

Finally, when you drill a well, you aren’t just looking to hit water; you are looking to hit an adequate yield of water. A professional water finding company can help you determine how much water you need to draw from your well to satisfy the needs of your home or business, and can then help you site the most efficient, high quality, and high yielding source on your property.

American Water Surveyors can help you save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars by using the most advanced water finding techniques to measure groundwater depths and yields, perform surface mapping, and thus effectively source clean, fresh, high-yielding groundwater supplies before you start drilling your well. It’s the best way to get the well you need without the hassle of excess drilling. Call us today to get started.

March 30, 2017 at 7:00 am Comments (0)

Well Drilling Technology: Sometimes It’s Not About the Machines

If you’re thinking about drilling a well, you’ll want to choose the right drilling technology in order to cause the least amount of damage to your property and to yield the highest amount of a fresh, clean water supply.

Most drillers identify themselves according to their method of drilling. There are cable drillers, auger drillers, mud rotary drillers, and environmental geotechnical drillers. Each method requires a unique set of tools, techniques and a specialized knowledge base. While many drillers adopt a singular method of drilling and become experts in that field, other drillers perform multiple methods of drilling, and can operate a variety of well drilling technologies.

Conscientious Drilling

As people become more aware of environmental issues, greater care is taken to develop well drilling technologies that will minimize damage to the earth. For example, an increasing number of companies are manufacturing “small footprint rigs” and power sources that require less fuel to operate and produce fewer emissions. These state-of-the-art eco-conscious technologies also tend to be more efficient and produce less noise, and have been proven to be safer to operate than other more traditional technologies.

Before you start drilling, it’s important that you do your research to get a sense of the history and geography of the area. Has a well even existed on the property before? Did it produce a clean and sustainable water source? What types of rock or sediments will you have to drill through?

Doing your research will not only help you decide which drilling technique to use, but it will also prevent you from drilling a well on land unlikely to yield a fresh and clean water source. This will save you time and money, and will also save on unnecessary damage and pollution to the environment. To know where the water is before you drill, and therefore save yourself time, money and hassles, contact American Water Surveyors.

New Advances

There are a number of new and amazing well drilling technologies out there today. Multiple researchers are finding ways to develop the coolest, most efficient, and most environmentally-friendly well-drilling technologies. Drillers now use lasers, plasma and even water jet rock cutting. A technology called hydropthermal spallation allows drillers to use a large, downhole burner, similar to a jet engine, to apply high heat to the rock face. Electrical plasma techniques are based on crushing rocks and other hard materials by the irradiation of plasma with – get this – temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Celsius! Many researchers and manufacturers are developing new and exciting well drilling technologies by mirroring the natural processes of the earth.

Our water locating equipment is just as technology-focused as these new and exciting drilling methods. No matter how great the method is, if you don’t know where the water is before you drill, you will waste money and time. Before you drill for water, contact us. For more information about American Water Surveyors, email 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!

March 9, 2017 at 11:02 am Comments (0)

Groundwater: The Facts You Need to Know

Are you looking at developing a plot of land, constructing a new home or building or installing a well? If so, you’ll know that something you have to consider is the presence, volume and quality of groundwater. Groundwater is present all around us and can affect land development, yet there are so many pervasive myths and misunderstandings about it. Here the top facts that you should know about groundwater.

Groundwater Fact #1: Groundwater is defined as water that occurs underground in cracks and pores in soil and rock, below the topsoil layer. Groundwater travels naturally via aquifers, which are geological formations in the ground.

Groundwater Fact #2: Groundwater is not the water found in rivers, lakes or other bodies of water. It only occurs in the aforementioned small spaces in the ground. It gets there when rain and melting snow and ice seep into the ground, beyond the top layers of soil.

Groundwater Fact #3: Some aquifers are so large they supply water to hundreds of thousands—and even millions—of people. For example, the Edwards aquifer in Texas supplies water for nearly two million people. The Mahomet Aquifer in Illinois supplies water to over 800,000 people.

Groundwater Fact #4: Humans are highly dependent on groundwater. Of all the water on earth, only 1 percent is available or suitable for human use, and of that 1 percent, 99 percent is groundwater. That’s a lot of groundwater that we’re using!

Groundwater Fact #5: Rural households are the most dependent on groundwater for drinking water than urban residents. This is because many rural homes rely on groundwater to supply their wells with water, though most wells are drilled or dug deep enough to also draw water from further below the groundwater level.

Groundwater Fact #6: Like water from any other source, groundwater may naturally contain unwanted substances and have to go through treatment before it’s deemed safe to drink. Some of the most common substances found naturally in groundwater include calcium, magnesium, salt and iron.

Groundwater Fact #7: Groundwater may also be contaminated because of human activity. Oil and chemical spills, pesticides and agricultural runoff can all cause groundwater to become unsafe for human use until it goes through a remediation process.

Groundwater Fact #8: Groundwater doesn’t just hydrate humans—it keeps bodies of water from going thirsty as well. Groundwater serves as a recharger for rivers and lakes, topping them up and helping to maintain levels.

These are just a few of the many interesting facts about groundwater. To learn more about groundwater, and the importance of knowing the volume, depth and yield of groundwater sources before you call the well drillers, visit American Water Surveyors today.

February 16, 2017 at 8:28 am Comments (0)

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?

Test yourself with these trivia questions:Blog pic3

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 (0)

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)

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