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The Challenges of Drilling for Water in Colorado

Summary: Colorado has its own unique set of challenges when it comes to drilling a water well.

The quest for water has always been a vitally important one. However, drilling for water has its own set of challenges. Thankfully these challenges are easily and effectively resolved through a qualified water finding company if you live in Colorado.

Here is what Colorado residents need to know before they call in the well drillers.

Water is not Unlimited

Colorado’s underground water is supplied by four major aquifers. These aquifers are accessed by drilled wells.  As more and more wells are drilled, the water supply is being used faster than it can be replenished. This dropping underground water level makes it more challenging to locate a constant water supply on the first drill. Drilling multiple wells becomes very costly, time consuming and even dangerous to the underground aquifer. The Denver Basin aquifer, for example, supplies four aquifers, which is a major source of water for South Metro Denver. Each of these aquifers vary in depth and supply. The water in the lowest level of some of the deeper aquifers is estimated to be over 50 million years old.

Conservation Laws are In Effect

The well-known High Plains Aquifer is replenished by precipitation. It is a highly used aquifer that sees a significant water level drop when precipitation levels are low. Conservation methods have been put into place to reduce the damage done to this aquifer. If you have a well that feeds from this aquifer, you may be subject to a reduced water flow during the dry season.

What’s in your Water

When an underground water level drops, different minerals and contaminants are introduced into the water supply. A low water table will have concentrated levels of minerals or even new minerals that are released at lower ground levels. In addition to this, some aquifers are supplied by surface water. A sudden rainfall or water increase above ground will increase contaminates that seep into the ground and into your water supply. Being close to an industrial area, agricultural area or even near to public wells will affect the quality of your water. History also plays a part in your water as previous gas stations or agricultural grounds may still have contaminates that are feeding into your water supply.

Drilling for water in Colorado brings up a unique set of challenges. Not knowing where to drill will cost you time and money. Avoided the hassles by knowing where to drill, before you start. At American Water Surveyors, we specialize in these situations. We use our state-of-the-art equipment, combined with our specialized knowledge to give you specific information on exactly where to drill. Before you drill, talk to us. One call can save you money in avoiding dry well or non-compliant drilling, and will ensure that both your family and future generations have water for the lifetime of your well.

July 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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