Drilling a well is an extensive and occasionally costly project, which means you need to perform your fair share of research before actually breaking ground. The first question you need to be asking is, “Where is the best place on my property to drill the well?” Basically, where are you going to be most likely to get water that is not highly mineralized?
Throughout most of the United States, anywhere you drill is going to have the same factors that you will need to consider. Groundwater most commonly runs in aquifers, which are the various layers of water that get trapped in and between porous sand and stone. But if you have a lot of rock underneath your soil, there may not be enough pores that let water flow freely, which means groundwater will instead flow through cracks in the rock, which are much harder to reach when drilling your wells.
This is the reason why it’s important to do your research before drilling, as you want to avoid having to drill through stone to get at the groundwater. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you choose the best spot for water well drilling in Missoula, MT:
- Know what to avoid: There are several things you must be very careful to avoid while drilling your well. First, know with 100 percent certainty the location of any septic tanks or leach fields on your property. Bacteria can travel up to 100 feet underground, so make sure any well you drill is located a careful distance away from a septic tank. You should also be sure to avoid rock outcroppings. Surface rocks, especially large ones that are partially buried, are pretty reliable indicators of rocks that are going to be underground, making it difficult for you to drill.
- Know where to research: To learn more about the ground on your property, you can actually find a lot of good resources online. The U.S. Geological Survey site publishes a lot of information about groundwater, including a full groundwater atlas of the country and various other maps that you might find useful. You can also get in touch with local agencies to help you in your research.
- Work with the right company: It can be tempting to simply go with the water well drilling company that provides you with the cheapest quote, but you should be completely certain that any company you go with is using the proper equipment and has plenty of experience in your types of jobs. Local experience is especially handy, as it helps you to ensure the contractors will know the types of potential groundwater issues and subterraneous rock issues you could be facing with your project.
Interested in drilling a new water well on your property? Contact the team at Camp Well Drilling and Pump Service today for more information about water well drilling in Missoula, MT and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about the process or our company’s capabilities.