How Water Wells Work
In a typical home water system the first step is the well itself. A hole is drilled into the ground extending down into the water bearing formation or aquifer. A pump system is then needed to push the water upward out of the well to a pressurized tank, usually located in a utility room, which is used to store water for use when the pump is not running. A pump will only run when the water level in the tank is low. From here the water is piped into the homes taps and fixtures for our everyday use.
About Water Wells
Ground water is part of the Hydrological System. The Hydrological System is the constant movement of water from the atmosphere, to the ground, to rivers and back to the ocean. Beneath the ground, water moves through the sand, gravel and cracks or fissures in rock formation. Saturated formations are called Aquifers. Some acquifers can occur over long distances and to great depths while others are small and localized. However, there are parts of the country that ground water is scarce. A private well system offers people the independence of owning and controlling their own water supply. The benefits include not monthly water bills and no fees or restrictions during periods of drought.
Planning, design and construction of a well are all determined by the geological conditions, the purpose for needing the water and complying with local regulations.
Choosing a Drilling Company
Choosing the right company is a crucial decision. It is important to ask questions, get information, and to know what is expected of you and the driller. Asking the right questions now will prevent problems down the road. First and Foremost a Driller must have the proper license and insurance. Ask around, get lots of opinions of the drilling company you are interested in. Compare estimates, if one is cheaper, find out why. The more you know beforehand, the better you will feel when making your final decision.