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New Mexico Well Drillers

New Mexico well drillers face strict regulations. The preservation of water is supervised and governed with the intent to waste as little as possible and to ensure that the environment is protected to the best of its ability.
To obtain a license, New Mexico well drillers must successfully pass an exam. The passing mark for these exams is 70% or higher and these exams are only offered four times a year. Testing topics include New Mexico water laws, engineering rules, regulations and techniques as well as the New Mexico latitude and longitude coordinate system and geological formations. If an applicant does not reach the 70% passing mark, they may retake the test but will need to pay the exam retaking fee. Any applicant found cheating on these tests will be banned from retaking the test for at least one year. Once the test is successfully passed, a license may be purchased to become a New Mexico well driller. This is under the condition that drilling is allowed only within the state of New Mexico and it will be indicated which type of drilling is allowed.
A New Mexico well drillers license is valid for two years and must be renewed within ten days of its expiration date. If it is not renewed within this allotted time then the license will expire without an option for reinstatement. New Mexico well drillers must then apply for a new license within 45 days if they decide to resume drilling.
New Mexico well drillers must display their name and license number clearly on each drill rig that he or she is using. They may hire a drilling supervisor to provide onsite supervision under the condition that the supervisor is registered. These registered New Mexico well drillers are responsible for the onsite activities of their crew members. To become registered, a supervisor must have at least two or more years of working experience under the supervision of a registered supervisor, must be at least 18 years old and must successfully pass a written exam.
Any New Mexico well drillers found improperly following regulations may have their license revoked or suspended. Part of the long list of examples that can cause revocation include: improper or misstatements in water well logs, not properly protecting both employees and the environment on the drilling site, or failure to use the proper materials while drilling.
There are very strict requirements and procedures that must be met before New Mexico well drillers are allowed to drill for water. The qualifications make them specialized in their field. However, no amount of education and planning can accurately predict water under the soil. They can effectively drill a much needed well, but guessing, water witches and text book calculations are what are used to determine where to drill. These New Mexico well drillers are not cheap to hire, one would want to be quite successful with a well drill location to keep expenses to a minimum.
This is where American Water Surveyors can help. We use highly sophisticated equipment to turn guessing into facts. We can map out the water from the surface and predict the gallons per minute of that potential well. This helps to save you thousands of dollars that could otherwise be lost if drilling is done in an incorrect spot or a dry well is encountered.
Phone us for details and a consultation on your project. There is so much we can do to save you both time and money. Contact us today at:
Email: info@wefindwater.com
Phone: 877-SEISMO1 (734-7661)

April 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm Comments (0)

Water Well Drillers – How Do They Do It?

Water well drillers perform a valuable service. They bring water, life’s necessity, to the surface where we can drink it and bathe in it. Water well is more than just a hole in the ground. Looking for water has a great cost; sometimes that cost is financial, but it has also had its costs in damage to the environment, loss of life or simply in time and labor. Knowing where the water is before you begin will help you save many of these costs.

Up until 200 years or so ago, water wells were dug by hand. This type of well needed to be large enough to accommodate the one or more men with shovels who broke their backs digging down to the water table. The dirt, clay and rocks all had to be removed from the area by hand as well. Once the well was dug, it had to be lined with stones that extended above the surface to create a wall that reduced contamination to the water and injuries to the users. Once the wall was in place, the water excavation can continue to beneath the water table.

Today, the more modern method is to use a pre-cut well ring to line the walls as the well is dug. A hand-dug well is a cheap, low-tech solution to accessing the groundwater. However, there are numerous drawbacks to hand-dug wells. They can only be dug in areas where the ground is suitable, such as sand, clay, gravel or mixed soils. They cannot be dug into hard rock areas and they are usually shallow, most commonly between five and thirty meters. This shallowness means that they can be more easily contaminated or may dry up or become flooded. They are dangerous for a variety of reasons and they require time and physical labor to complete. If these men do not find water where they dig, their efforts are wasted.

Water well drillers have made the job easier and faster but it is still expensive and damaging to your property. Water well drillers most commonly use one of two methods to drill the well—rotary style, or the older cable tool drilling method.

Rotary drillers use a tungsten drill bit attached to a drill pipe. Drilling fluid (mud) is used to flush the broken pieces back out of the hole, and to cool and lubricate the drill bit. Also, the fluid helps to stabilize the wall of the hole and prevent cave-ins that occur before the casing is installed. As the drill intersects the aquifer, the water flows into the hole. If necessary, air hammers are used to help the drill break through the hard rocks.

Cable tool drilling is an older but still common method used by water well drillers. In this method, a heavy bit is attached to the end of a cable that is raised and dropped so that the hole is dug by pounding pressure. This method can bore through any kind of surface and does not need mud lubricants or pumps. It is, surprisingly, less invasive than rotary drilling.

Regardless of the method, once dug, the well is lined with a casing that is usually smaller than the diameter of the drilled hole. This space is filled with cement or a volcanic clay called bentonite to prevent contaminations from surface water. The well is capped with a seal that allows air to travel into the vent, but prevents everything else. Water flows into the well from a screened hole left in the bottom.

As you can see, water well is a very significant thing and before you bring in the water well drillers it is important to know that there will be water where you want it to be. The only sure way of knowing that the water is there is to open up the ground and look for it, but there are some strategies that will give you a good idea.

Do a low-tech property survey. Broad-leafed trees, willows and other water-loving plants will grow where the water is closes to the surface. Look for valleys, gaps, and lower areas, and for any springs on the property. These are all indications of an accessible water table. However, be sure that the area is not prone to flooding.

However, that is not enough. Before having a costly experimental drilling done on your land you will want to know more than that the water is there. You need to know how much and how deep it is. Have a groundwater survey completed. American Water Surveyors has the scientific technology to give you some assurance of water before calling the water well drillers. Those well costs are wasted if the water will not flow to the surface in useable amounts. American Water Surveyors is located in Fort Worth, Texas. Phone them at 877-734-7661 or contact them at info@wefindwater.com

February 24, 2012 at 8:32 am Comments (0)

Water Well Drillers and You

Water well drillers are essential to a desert community or any locale that requires a source of safe drinking water. For ranchers, farmers, homes and acreages or municipalities, there is a great need for a nearby source of water that is not contaminated and produces enough gallons per minute. Of course, well drillers are paid by the foot, no matter if they hit water or not. So unless you want to start an underground silo, the best option before hiring water well drillers is finding groundwater surveyors to take a look at the site with their equipment. They will be able to determine whether a well will produce water or not and how much water that well will produce.

Water well drillers may refer you to an outfit that will survey your site, or they may just start drilling! Be sure to make sure that where you are drilling will produce enough water to justify the cost of water well drillers. Having a well drilled is expensive enough, but if it turns out dry or low-flow, then the well has just become more expensive.

American Water Surveyors is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau and has achieved an A+ rating in the BBB’s Rating System. They have received no complaints for their work in the four plus years they have been operating.

They work with water well drillers that want to give their clients correct information and excellent service. Using groundwater surveyors prior to drilling will set water well drillers apart from the crowd: it shows that the drillers want customer satisfaction before a big paycheck. Not only that, but the rig employed to make the well will not suffer more wear-and-tear than is necessary.

Golf course developers will find groundwater surveyors to be incredibly useful before hiring water well drillers. The surveyors will be able to find if the site has an adequate water supply for the desired development plan and will determine the volume available and if it is enough to maintain excellent condition after completion.

Groundwater surveyors can save an acreage owner a lot of time and money: they can save the cost of long water supply lines by finding the best place for water well drillers to start, find the best location to start building your home, and find where a well will give the most volume. They can save a homeowner time and money through finding the best place to build a home and a well.

American Water Surveyors are incredibly mobile: all the necessary equipment is stored on their trucks. The technology they use is state-of-the-art and precise to gallons per minute that a potential well could produce. They can be at your site within a reasonable amount of time (distance and schedule permitting) and the savings from finding the proper well site will likely equal or exceed the cost of drilling a well before having the area surveyed. So before hiring water well drillers, find your local groundwater surveyor. Here is the contact information for American Water Surveyors:
P.O. Box 164163
Fort Worth, TX 76161-4163
Phone: 877-SEISMO1 (734-7661), 817-788-5716

December 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm Comments (0)

Choosing Water Well Drilling Specialists

Whether you are looking to install water well on a new property or home site or to replace your existing well or municipal supply, choosing the right experts to perform the job is absolutely critical.  Drilling a well is a very costly and very time consuming process, and you need to have absolute confidence in the team that you choose to get the job done. Water well drilling requires the use of highly specialized equipment, and you need a team that not only knows how to use the equipment properly, but to keep it well maintained so that the job will go as quickly and as smoothly as possible.

It Starts With Groundwater Surveyors

Long before your water well drilling team sets to work, you should hire top quality groundwater surveyors.  You will find that any drilling team that is worthwhile will place great emphasis on finding the best water sources possible before they begin work, but in order to do this, you need to hire a surveyor that has the equipment needed to do the job.  Drilling a well only to come up dry will cost you thousands of dollars and can really damage the reputation of the driller as well, but it is up to you to find a quality surveyor.

You will find groundwater surveyors will be able to use specialized equipment to find the best water sources on your property.  This means finding sources that will offer a constant water supply during both wet and dry seasons, and it also means finding water sources that will be easily accessible to the drilling rigs.  Some geological features are harder to drill through than others, and your groundwater surveyor will be able to help you find the absolute best location for the placement of your well.

Drillers Matter Too

When choosing a water well drilling company, you certainly want to consider more than just their costs. What is the reputation of the company that you are choosing?  Do people recommend them?  Are their prices fair?  Do they offer great customer service and any type of guarantee?  Are they licensed and insured to do the job?  What about equipment, is it modern and well maintained so that you can be confident that the team will do the job properly and quickly?  All of these are things that you want to look into before hiring any company to drill a well on your property.

Taking the time to really look into a groundwater surveyor and a well drilling company before hiring them is always well advised.  Your water well should be in a location that will offer a long term supply of clean water and should be built with components that will provide decades of use.  You should be able to rely on your drillers to get the job done quickly and to get it done properly on the first time without overcharging you for their services.  By taking the time to look into groundwater surveyors and equipment as well as reputation, it is much easier to have confidence in the experts that you have chosen. Contact American Water Surveyors prior to contacting your well driller at 877-734-7661 or visit our web site www.wefindwater.com.

July 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm Comments (0)

Water Well Drillers

When selling or buying a property, having a properly documented water well report can make all the difference in the world in determining if the sale will be completed. Water well drillers’ logs are extremely important documents to look over before signing on the dotted line.
Water well drillers have a responsibility to make sure the well is drilled within the property confines and to keep an accurate record of all drilling activities. Colleen, from Real Estate & Water Wells, gives some good advice as to what to look for in water wells logs on her website: Real Estate With Water Well Advice. Colleen notes that Water Well Logs are water well construction reports. Basically, the well log should describe the location of the well, original property owners name, construction details and lithology of the completed well.
Colleen says that documentation should be noted of the finished depth of the well, whether the well was constructed with a well screen, the total number of feet of steel casing that was used, and a clear description of the different materials that were drilled through from the beginning to completion.
Other pertinent information on the water well drillers’ log is the date that the well was drilled, the property address, legal description, perhaps a tag number, water well drillers’ company name, the individual(s) driller’s name and the names of the driller(s) assistant(s) where necessary.
Colleen advises that vendors need to be able to provide a water well log before the property is listed, and if a report is not easily obtainable, calling local water well drilling companies might be helpful since most local water well drillers keep excellent records and provide good customer service in matters such as these.
Colleen cites several instances where the information on the logs was the determining factor as to whether the sale was completed or not. For instance, if the logs noted that several dry wells were dug and abandoned, that indicates that there may not be any good underground sources of water on that particular property. Every dry well has to be reported; therefore, it is in the best interest of the property owners not to have dry wells registered against the property.
The state of the art technology of seismoelectrics is the science used by American Water Surveyors to map out the best ground water supplies for the intended use. Our applications assist ranchers/farmers, municipalities, homeowners, real estate developers, golf course developers, water well drillers and any other entity requiring well locating or completion planning. Transmissivity (the rate which groundwater flows horizontally through an aquifer) can be mapped from the surface, and yield can be estimated in gallons per minute or liters per second before hiring the water well driller. Call or email American Water Surveyors today to find out more about our services or to request a quote. Contact us at http://www.wefindwater.com or call us at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661).

April 11, 2011 at 2:58 am Comments (0)

Water Well Drillers

Technology today demands that water well drillers be fully qualified before they can be employed by drilling companies.
Part of the training water well drillers undergo is to learn the setting up, maintaining, repairing and operating of the drilling equipment; the designing of residential water supplies and heat pump systems; the locating, drilling, construction and developing of water wells; the installation and maintenance of water well equipment up to and including the well head; the testing of water wells to ensure an adequate water supply; the preparing of reports for consumers and government agencies; the redrilling, maintaining and sealing of existing wells. (List sourced from this website.)
Other training includes well construction history, well development, well abandonment, basic geology & groundwater, injection wells, drilling methods, aquifer storage, retrieval, well rehabilitation, and geothermal heating & cooling systems. Just by looking at these qualifications, those acquiring the services of water well drillers can have confidence that their well will be drilled in a professional and cost effective manner.
Devoted water well drillers call upon American Water Surveyors to map out and locate the best aquifer sites to drill. These highly trained water well drillers are meticulous in their work. They do not want to waste time drilling dry wells which cost them dearly in time and labor and they are also mindful of the costs to their customers.
American Water Surveyors employ the technology of the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument. It is designed specifically for detecting electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. The signals detected arise directly from the movement of water, not from the rock matrix. Our equipment and a seismic source are used to estimate the depth and quality of aquifers. The seismic source is used to create a sharp sound pulse. When the sound pulse moves through porous and permeable aquifers, it travels fast in the rock matrix and slower in the water-filled pore space. Systematic surveys along traverses or in grids allow the lateral variability of aquifers to be mapped.
At American Water Surveyors you will find highly qualified professionals who are mindful of the costs to our customers, the water well drillers. We will perform the task of mapping your water source and the drillers will provide you with clean, safe drinking water. Call American Water Surveyors today at 1-877-SEISMO1 (734-7661) or 1-817-788-5716 or email us at info@wefindwater.com to let us help you in your water sourcing needs. Order our book: “What You Should Know Before You Drill a Water Well” at this site. http://www.wefindwater.com/BookInfo.html

March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm Comments (0)

Water Wells in Popular Culture

Water well drilling is an important part of human survival. One of the ways to measure the cultural significance of an object, movement, or person is to see how it relates to popular culture. Although not as popular as Lady Gaga or the former (albeit questionable) phase of wearing hammer pants, wells do figure prominently in popular culture.
Water well drilling enthusiasts are doubtlessly familiar with the plight of Jack and Jill who went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Illustrations of this classic nursery rhyme never fail to show Jack and Jill heading up the hill to a water well. I am sure some people may question why a well driller would drill a well on the top of a hill, however groundwater does not necessarily travel the same path you would expect a river to follow on the surface. Most of the time it does conform to the overlying topography, but groundwater will also flow as a path from highest pressure to lowest pressure, or better described, a path of least resistance. However, I digress.
Another lesser known nursery rhyme simply entitled “Water” also features a well in the opening stanza: There’s water in the rain barrel /And water in the well / There’s lots of water in the pond / Where Hannah Hawkins fell.
If we relied solely on nursery rhymes, we would think that wells were synonymous with calamity or clumsy children. Fortunately popular culture has provided us with other, happier sources of well- themed narratives.
Believers and non believers alike can agree that the biblical story of how Rebecca met her husband is a very romantic tale. Rebecca was drawing water at a well when she was approached by Isaac’s servant. Isaac’s servant was on a wife finding mission for his master and he had prayed for a sign. This sign was that the woman offering to draw water for him and his thirsty camels would be the future wife of Isaac. Rebecca, the hardy lass, was the lucky lady that dipped into the well and was promptly showered with expensive jewellery and a marriage proposal on Isaac’s behalf. I haven’t been around many camels, but I am guessing they can drink a fair bit! So, the romance of Isaac and Rebecca started at a well. (What would be the modern equivalent of that? Offering to gas up a convoy?)
Water well drilling features prominently in the popular novel “Millions”, which was later made into a movie. A very creative movie ending shows the characters climbing into a fort made of a large cardboard box and crawling out the other end where they are showered with well water from the newly dug wells their funds created.
Music lovers will not be disappointed to know that water wells have reached this branch of popular culture as well. “Water from the Well” is a lively Irish album by the Chieftains. Music by the Chieftains can also be heard on the movies Treasure Island, Barry Lyndon, Three Wishes for Jamie, Tristan and Isolde, The Grey Fox and The Year of the French.
It is easy to overlook the importance of water well drilling in our day to day lives. After all, it is not a profession filled with celebrities or high ranking CEOs. (But, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates can make owning computer companies cool, perhaps there is hope for well drilling. A reality TV show perhaps?!) However, water is more than a part of our life. It is a part the fabric of our culture. American Water Surveyors is passionate about water: the importance of it, the history of it, and its place in our culture. They know that water is vitally important to life. That is why they perform the most important water-related task of all. They find it. 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

February 17, 2011 at 1:31 am Comments (0)

Seismology and Water Well Drillers

What is a seismic wave? A seismic wave is a periodic disturbance or “wave” of energy that travels through the earth. Some seismic waves are caused by natural phenomenon, such as an earthquake. Other seismic waves are manufactured. One reason seismic waves are manufactured is to locate groundwater sources prior to calling in water well drillers.
While the words “seismic waves” are synonymous with earthquakes, they can also be very beneficial. Seismology, which is the study of seismic waves, has given us unique knowledge about how layers of dirt, rock and sediment are structured beneath the earth’s crust. Consider how many valuable resources – oil, coal, diamonds, water, etc – lie beneath the surface of the earth. Without seismology, we would not know how to access and extract these precious resources.
Seismology is of particular importance to water well drillers and those involved in study, location and extraction of ground water. Some of your better water well drillers do not like to drill dry wells. Others don’t care. For those individuals that have hired a water well driller, they know drilling a well is a costly, time consuming business. Dry wells can be a source of embarrassment for drillers even though they get paid whether they find water or not. Water well drillers do not want to have the reputation of a company that cannot produce a well. That is why water well drillers and consumers alike rely on companies such as American Water Surveyors to find groundwater sources before drilling takes place.
American Water Surveyors uses the GF3500 seismoelectric survey instrument that is specifically designed to detect electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through earth layers. These signals are extremely precise. Not only can they identify sources of groundwater, they can also estimate the depth and yield of the source. The GF3500 instrument, which marries the knowledge of decades of seismological study with the latest in groundwater technology, looks surprising simple at first glance. However, do not be fooled! The GF3500 can handle up to 20 sites in one standard working day.
Seismic waves will always have a shaky reputation due to their association with earthquakes, but the next time you think of this humble energy pulse, also think of how well drillers and consumers alike rely on them to locate one of the world’s most precious resources – water.
877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

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February 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm Comments (0)

Water Well Drillers

Wells greatly vary in depth, water volume and water quality. Water well drillers must create an excavation or structure in the ground by digging, driving, boring, or drilling to access groundwater in underground aquifers. Once water is encountered, the drillers need to keep a close watch on the drilling process.
There are some safety concerns that water well drillers may encounter. They are exposed to high levels of noise while working. Another safety concern is electrical safety. Fatalities occur while water well drillers are drilling and/or servicing a water pump or when the rig contacts overhead power lines. Water well drillers need great skill to guide and control a water well drill as it penetrates sand, gravel, clay and solid rock formations deep underground.
Few people give any thought to how a deep vertical hole in sand or in solid rock must be constructed and how the drilled pieces of rock are removed from deep below the surface. It is amazing how drillers stop the hole from collapsing before the lining is put in. Compare it to drilling a root canal. Water well drillers must specially engineer and extract refuse from a comparatively small hole. Complications include a lack of light in the depths of the hole and the difficulty in removing the rock and soils while drilling. With this in mind, using American Water Surveyors before hiring water well drillers makes these circumstances less stressful.
Hiring water well drillers can be expensive. American Water Surveyors has a low cost non-intrusive aquifer quality mapping system. These maps form the basis for water abstraction policy, aggregate extraction, and/or well site planning at a small fraction of the cost of drilling. Drilling costs can be reduced by specifying where and how deep to drill. American Water Surveyors use the GF3500 which defines both the permeability and the depth of aquifers, making it possible to estimate the flow of a well. Be it dental or ground water, many people suffer from drilling anxiety! With the efficiency of American Water Surveyors, anxiety is relieved and thus choosing a water well driller becomes a satisfying experience. Contact 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

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January 24, 2011 at 12:11 am Comments (0)

New Mexico Well Drillers

The groundwater law in New Mexico states that only well drillers licensed by the State may drill or alter wells with a diameter larger than 2 3/8 inches within the boundaries of declared underground water basins. On July 2008, District Judge J.C. Robinson in Grant County ruled the state’s domestic well statute unconstitutional. Farmer Horace Bounds, Jr., and his wife, Jo, claim that 45 domestic wells drilled near their farm in recent years are drying up near the Upper Mimbres River and impairing their senior 1869 water rights. As you can see, there is a lot to think about when choosing among the 200+ New Mexico well drillers available in this area. Incidents like the ones above could be prevented if the wells were drilled correctly and in the proper locations.
New Mexico well drillers do not require a permit to drill a well and appropriate water in areas outside of the declared “underground water basins”. There are currently 33 declared underground water basins throughout New Mexico. The State Engineer has the authority to establish these basins when regulation is necessary to protect prior appropriation, ensure water is put to beneficial use, and to maintain orderly development of the state’s water resources.
Knowing the quality of water that will be with the well is extremely important. This depends on both natural and man-made environmental factors. New Mexico well drillers need to drill through a combination of sedimentary and volcanic geological bedrock. This means that some areas may have very clean, pure water while other places may have water with a sulphuric or brackish quality. Instruments used by American Water Surveyors, such as the GF3500 seismoelectric survey, are designed specifically for detecting electrical signals generated by the passage of seismic impulses through layered rocks, sediments and soils. Other technologies are unwieldy and costly compared with seismoelectric and have fundamental limitations.
Physics is the only effective method for locating groundwater in advance of the drilling – not magic. American Water Surveyors will do the physics, making the decision to choose one of the approximate 200 New Mexico well drillers a positive experience. American Water Surveyors use a seismoelectric technique which is cost-conscious for groundwater users. One of the many benefits to using American Water Surveyors is the low cost, non-intrusive aquifer quality mapping. Mapping aquifer quality with an array of survey locations ensures that drilling costs are not wasted.
Putting your trust in contacting American Water Surveyors will guarantee your confidence in your decision in choosing among the many New Mexico well drillers.
Contact 877-734-7661 www.wefindwater.com

January 16, 2011 at 4:17 am Comments (0)