Water Well Drilling FAQs

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You’re in a common position. Most people never drill a well in their lifetimes. Those who do probably only drill one. Drilling for water is a substantial expense and one that you’ll want to be done safely and properly. The best place to start is by calling and conferring with Whisenant and Lyle Water Services to get the most accurate information and the fairest price while ensuring the use of good quality materials, safe practices, and the proper set-up and service for your water system. For an in-depth look at the issues, and an unbiased point of view…take a look at the USGS booklet “Ground Water and the Rural Homeowner.”

While in many cases people rely upon “dowsers” or “witching a well” we at Whisenant and Lyle Water Services rely upon the environmental sciences of geology, hydrology, and good old fashioned knowledge as a basis for well drilling. The USGS (United States Geological Survey) has done much work in the area of researching and mapping of water resources through radar and satellite imagery. Although there are no guarantees that there will be a certain flow of water at a certain depth (because of water reservoir fluctuations and other environmental and usage factors), by drawing upon scientific knowledge and the drilling history of an area, the local ground water jurisdictional entities can usually assist us in making a fairly accurate forecast for your drilling success.

Other than determining the best location regarding water-supply, it’s also very important that your well be located in a place that is easy to service in the years ahead. If you place your well in a place that is hard to access, it may be difficult and expensive to service the well in the future. Work with your driller/water system professional and your architect/engineer and contractor to determine the best place for your well. Having the well near the power source and point of use is very useful in keeping the cost at a more stable level.

This will depend upon both natural and man-made environmental factors. There are some areas in Central Texas that will have high a sulfuric smell to the water. Mostly we have hard water to contend with and Whisenant and Lyle Water Services has the ability to help you with the installation of a softener or other filtration devices and technology. Talk to us about the drilling history of your area. Also ask about what kinds of filtration options are available. Similarly, beware of the sanitation and industrial uses of the land around you. Improper disposal of sewage and industrial waste can mean infiltration of the water table. Again, consult us regarding the history of your area.

That is a question that can never have a firm answer until you begin the drilling process. However, a good driller will have experience of the drilling history of an area. Because of various geological factors (fault lines, alluvial composite factors, etc) even though an area may have a very strong drilling history, deep geological factors may be in effect at the aquifer level.

Water well drilling and water system installation is a substantial cost in the life of a homeowner. Depending upon the depth of the water table, the quality of the water found, the types of pumps, tanks, and materials necessary to make a successful system for your usage, it can cost anywhere from $8,000-$50,000. Be sure to check with your well driller to get a history of well drilling in your area. While it’s never a guarantee, it may be possible to get a ballpark figure of your costs based upon the drilling history of your neighbors. Also, a well driller provides the client with an ‘estimate’, but the well may end up costing more due to unforeseen situations. Whisenant and Lyle Water Service does its best to accommodate this concern.

The answer to this question depends upon a number of natural and man- made environmental factors. How large is the underground water reservoir/aquifer? Does it have a restoring inflow of water? Has there been a history of drought in the area? How many other users are drawing upon the water supply and what are their needs and usage habits? Living next door to a family of four is much different than living next to a golf-course or a factory that draws upon water reserves. What is your own water usage needs/habits? All of these will factor into the life of a well. Again, consult with your drilling company and local jurisdictional entity.

Your well is your life-blood. Having a water system that works is the foundation for a healthy life. Therefore, you’ll want a quality water system which is also backed up by good service should something go wrong. That means you’ll want a water system installer with a proven history of service who’ll be able to respond to your water system service needs as they arise. Few drilling companies are capable of meeting all these requirements…from drilling to softener/filtration systems AND service for all installed equipment. Whisenant and Lyle Water Service does this and more…

A water well system is an important part of your home. You’ll want to dedicate a serious proportion of your building budget to the proper drilling of your well and installation of your water system. WLWSI will require a down payment of up to 50% of the total estimate and the remainder upon completion. There are some government programs that can assist someone in desperate need of a water system and most banks and lenders can provide assistance as well.

WLWSI will do it’s best to prevent any damage to the property caused by ingress or egress from the site. It is unavoidable if it does happen and the damage is usually minimal. The owner will be asked to sign a contract that specifically states he/she (the owner) is responsible for any damage that may occur. Heavy machinery can cause ruts and track mud. The site itself will most likely have a large amount of drilling debris or cuttings that will be left by the drill site. Some wells produce large amounts of water and run- off into streets or other areas cannot be avoided. Containment is always taken into account and the driller try’s to avoid any complications in this area. *Extra charges usually arise for special containment procedures in environmentally sensitive areas.

If you are having trouble with your well and it seems like it is running dry, but still producing a small amount of water… an alternative to drilling a new one would be to have a reservoir/cistern system installed next to your current well. This would assist you by only running the well pump when it is necessary AND it gives you the ability to have water delivered to you in case of an emergency when the our service department cannot reach you in time.

 

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