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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
  • February 1, 2017 at 11:24 pmEugenia Briscoe

    I’ve found reading your web site I has turned out to be informative, interesting and entertaining. The burning question I have is, If I decide to use your service what is your per foot cost for digging a well? I’ve come to realize that what type of well I need will depend on the soil. And that your cost may vary because of it. I have 10 acres of land. Will there be additional costs to locate water in each acre on this size land mass? Where I begin to build will be determined by where my largest source of water is located and the soil around it. However I want to know the locations of most of its aquifers as you call them or water tables, if not all. Do you have the sonar equipment to measure the depth and width? What services do your costs cover. Are these services itemized? And will you provide proof of registration to operate and insurance for your employees who will be doing this job, up front? Based on the information I will provide below how long will a job usually take. 
    My land is in Costilla County which is Mid Southern Colorado. And very near The Rio Grande River by approximately 1/2 to 3/4 miles. The information I have found indicate I might still have to dig anywhere a between 100′ to 150 feet. You may be aware that The State of Colorado claims all of the natural precipitation and has had a ban on the collection of it. This ban was lifted and they now allow 110 gallons to be collected. Which was being done by most people in this area anyway, despite the law. Colorado also as limits on the use of water. I know I will still have to install a water storage unit or tank(s). My plan is to process one acre at a time. I need to know is it less expensive to have all locations marked on each acre at the same time. Your response will help me to decide how I am going to go about the development of this property. And last but not least do you install markers and provide a map and formally report your findings to the Federal State and County government or will that be my responsibility?
    PS when you look this area up you will find it is almost totally undeveloped I look forward to your reply. Thank You in advance for your time and advice. JB

    • February 2, 2017 at 6:04 pmGerald Burden

      Hi Eugenia, thank you for your inquiry. I tried calling you today to discuss your questions and left a message. But in case you didn’t get that message I thought I’d provide you a written answer. First, to clarify, our company does not drill water wells but we do provide groundwater surveying services. Since we do not drill wells we are not registered with any government agency. We do however, carry business liability insurance.

      Our technology uses a seismic impact on the surface which creates an electrical impulse that we capture and analyze. We call this a “sounding”. When we do a groundwater survey our minimum is eight soundings and we charge $3,595. Consider the soundings are conducted in two groups of four and are spaced about 100 feet apart. Each additional group of four soundings (another area of the property) would cost $1,400. Think of a sounding as a test well or potential well site. As an example and relative to the cost of drilling a test well which could cost as much as $1,000-$2,000 each, you could get the equivalent of 12 test wells for $4,995 should you choose to do 12 soundings. We do not charge for our travel to the site and no tax is charged for a survey. Your final cost would be totally dependent on how many soundings you wanted to do. If you would like to watch a video to see how we collect data, you can click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH88EI1ZOqE

      We do install survey marking flags at each sounding location. We have identifiers on each flag and we reference those identifiers along with GPS coordinates in the written report you receive, so you will be able to find them later. The written report will provide approximate depth and an estimated yield range in gallons per minute for each sounding location.

      Surface conditions cannot be very rocky (less than 30% is ideal) and allow for four copper clad ground rods to be inserted into the ground 2-3 feet deep with good, native soil contact. Because our equipment is very sensitive to electrical activity we can be no closer than 50-100 feet from underground or overhead power sources. Additionally we need clear access for our pickup truck to be able to drive to each sounding location. If you decided to hire our services we will do several hours of research prior to coming to your property. For instance we investigate other wells that have been drilled in the area and try and find out what depth they were drilled to and how many gallons per minute they produced. We plot these wells on a topographical map program so that we can see where they are located in relationship to the property you want surveyed. We also study the geology and any aquifer maps of the area and bring these maps with us when we show up at the property to share with you. The maps are also included in the report.

      We would like to do test soundings at an existing well (a neighbor’s perhaps) to calibrate our equipment to your geographical area. Depth and yield would need to be known and we would need to be able to drive within about 30 feet of the well. The well would need to be within a mile of the area to be surveyed. This gives us an idea of what to expect in terms of the geology of the area and to get a base line reading for our equipment in similar subsoil conditions. It’s not critical, but we like to do it whenever we can. No damage or harm to the well will take place. There is no charge for this.

      After the site survey is complete and the data is analyzed and interpreted, a comprehensive written report will be mailed to you within 15 business days showing what was found at each sounding location so you can make a confident decision on whether or not to drill. If water is located we’ll give you the approximate depth and yield range you could expect if you drilled at one of the sounding locations. If you required a report in less than 15 business days, expedited reports are an additional 20% of the overall charge for the soundings. If you’re not in a hurry to receive the results, this would not be necessary. Full payment would be required before we departed the site.

      We have conducted over 600 surveys in 21 states and counting and we are proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

      Thanks again for your inquiry Eugenia. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

      Best regards,

      Gerald Burden
      http://www.wefindwater.com and http://www.aquaknow.com

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