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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

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February 17, 2011 at 1:31 am 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.
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January 16, 2011 at 4:17 am Comments (0)