Trying to determine where you are going to place your water well? There are a variety of factors that go into the decision, including topographical factors, environmental factors and cultural factors.
Here are just a few of the considerations you’ll need to take into account when determining where you’ll perform water well drilling in Missoula, MT:
- Convenience: Most people will first consider the convenience of their site, especially if the well is located on residential property. Many people, of course, would love to have their well located directly adjacent to their home, but this might not be practically possible. Usually there is some sort of compromise that goes into choosing a well location, with an attempt being made to make the location as convenient as possible while being suitable according to a variety of the other factors listed below.
- Groundwater and drilling ability: Obviously, any drill being used to dig a well must be able to penetrate any of the topographical formations in the area and get to the ground water within the rig’s depth limit. The direction in which the groundwater is flowing can also be a factor in where the drilling ends up occurring.
- Nearby latrines: Wells must be placed in areas that are far enough away from latrines and any other areas in which animal or human waste is concentrated. This is to avoid having harmful pathogens leak into the well water. You will need to know the distance between the bottom of the latrine and the water table, as well as the kind of soil that fills in the space between the water table and the latrine. In some cases, the soil is able to filter out these pathogens, which is why these factors are important to investigate.
- Surface water: Streams, ponds, rivers and other types of surface water could contain contamination from industrial, agricultural or biological sources, so wells should always be drilled at least 15 meters away from such water sources. You should also make sure to avoid areas that tend to get flooded, as you want people to be able to get to the well during high water seasons and to avoid having the floodwaters overflowing into the well and contaminating its contents.
- Natural substances: Certain natural substances can contaminate the water, so you need to keep a close eye out for their presence. These include saltwater, arsenic, boron, selenium and more.
- Cultural factors: There are a variety of cultural factors that could have an impact on where you ultimately place your well. Examples include proximity to residences, amount of people who want to use the well, presence of sacred areas or cemeteries, plans for growth in the region, potential safety issues, proximity to other wells in the area and potential for the well to be somehow damaged or sabotaged.
These are just a few factors that go into determining where you will perform water well drilling in Missoula, MT. Contact Camp Well Drilling and Pump Service today for more information.