Don’t Drill Your Own Well Leave It to the Professionals

In these difficult economic times, individuals are looking for ways to cutback whenever possible, but don’t drill your own well leave it to the professionals. One area where not to cutback, is installing a water well.

Don't Drill Your Own Well Leave It to the Professionals

Don’t Drill Your Own Well Leave It to the Professionals

A water well is a conduit into a source of running water, often times there can be great pressure behind sources of running water. If you don’t drill a well high enough, you might spring a leak which could flood your property, or even your home depending on its proximity and the strength of the well.

Installing a new water well requires planning and ample foresight to determine the best location and source on your property. Well Drillers are professionals in properly installing and maintaining wells, and they’re well-versed in all the difficulties that can spring up in a poorly-designed, built, or located well.

California Water Wells and EPA Regulations

Californians receive their household water from private ground water wells. Most well owners do not realize that EPA regulations that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells.  California Water Wells and EPA Regulations do not protect private well owners from unethical well drillers.  It is imperative that you do your research and find a reputable local water well drilling company in the area that knows the landscape and are close by in case of an emergency and future maintenance needs.

As a result, homeowners of private wells are completely responsible for ensuring that their water is safe from contaminants. Before having a well drilled, look at information on the basics of wells, proper methods of siting and location for water wells, all about testing and how often to test a water well, proper treatment of water wells and maintenance of water wells , common diseases and contaminants associated with water wells, emergency treatment of water wells, and answers to frequently asked questions about water wells.

California Water Wells and EPA Regulations

California Water Wells and EPA Regulations

Ground Water and Wells

When rain falls, much of it is absorbed into the ground. Water that’s not used by plants moves downward through pores and spaces in the rock until it reaches a dense layer of rock. The water trapped below the ground in the pores and spaces above the dense rock barrier is called ground water, and this is the water we get when drilling for water wells. There are two types of water wells, agriculture water wells and residential water wells.  Each type of well ranges in cost, maintenance and time to drill the well.

How to find a Qualified California Well Driller

How to find a Qualified California Well Driller? Before hiring a well contractor in the State of California, it is wise to obtain information about several contractors in the area before making your decision.

How to find a Qualified California Well Driller

How to find a Qualified California Well Driller

Items to consider before selecting a water well driller:

  • California, has a list of licenses contractors, make sure you select a licensed contractor to perform the work.
  • What record(s) will the contractor give you upon construction of a well (i.e., a well log, well construction report)?
  • Does the contractor have adequate liability and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you?
  • Ask the contractor for references from previous customers.
  • Will the contractor furnish a written contract, specifying the terms and conditions of the job?

Always hire a state licensed well contractor that is willing to spend the time to break down the cost, time and reasoning behind their recommendations on drilling a water well on your property.  There are many things to take in consideration and not all water wells are equal especially when it comes to residential wells and agriculture wells.

The Water Well Plus team has performed many varied and challenging projects to date, from extensive agricultural well placement with high output GPM requirements to residential limited access projects for single homes, from shopping center parking lot jobs in Southern California with multiple monitoring wells, to wells in high profile environmental conditions and prairie jobs with extreme fire hazard potential. Each time these men performed their work with safety and integrity completing each job to the level requested without fail.

Oil and Gas Injection Well Drilling

Oil and gas injection well drilling has advanced over years to become a more efficient and technically-advanced business. The process is redefining the way various drilling processes are carried out manually. Tools and tabulars with specific torque requirement are increasing and the speed and the combination of tools necessary to perform various drilling task is increasing. To meet these requirements, modern drilling equipment, trained personnel, rig operating system and advance handling equipment has become necessary. Advanced and top performing drilling tools are now available in the market.

Oil and gas injection well drilling is a process that is used to place underground fluid into porous geological formations. Deep underground formations range from deep limestone or sandstone to shallow soil layer. Injected fluids can include brine, wastewater, water, or mixed water with chemicals.

Oil and gas injection well drilling depends on the type and depth of the fluid injected. For instance, well drilling that are used to inject carbon dioxide or hazardous wastes into deep geological formation must be sophisticated. The injection well must ensure protection and are designed to have multiple layers or protective casing and cement. Shallow injection well features simple construction and only used for less hazardous fluids or gausses.

Oil and Gas Injection Well Drilling


Oil and gas injection wells:

Hydraulic fracturing is an advance technology used to enhance extraction of oil from geological rocks after drilling. This process achieved through injection of a mixture of water and sand plus some certain additive into the deep-rock formation at very high pressure. Just after fracturing, injected fluid returns back to the surface as flowback. At one point in time, flowback needs to be recycled, treated or disposed through underground injection.

Wastewater injection process is totally different with the usual waste fluid disposal. Environmental agencies classify and regulate injection wells into six classes. Injection wells that are associated with oil and natural gas production are covered under class II.  Oil and gas drilling companies use hydraulic fracturing to create wells that they use to obtain oil and natural gases from geological formations. The source rocks include coal-beds, tight sandstones and shales. Fluids are injected under high pressure to the source rock to fracture and force oil and gas to flow to production wells.

Cathodic wells:

Wells that are constructed to extract oil and gas or inject fluids include cathodic protection wells. Cathodic protection wells are devices that help to minimize electrolytic corrosion or metallic pipelines, tanks and other facilities in contact with the ground. Cathodic protection is employed in oil and gas drilling industry. The use of cathodic protection is proceeded by the use of the same in pipelines. It is a very successful technique and is used in to mitigate corrosion after the will is in place.

Cathodic wells are widely applied all over the world and the number of well that use is impressive. Most of the cathodic wells are installed to avoid leaking. Cp is a great tool to control corrosion. Cothodic protection helps to mitigate corrosion on the exposed external surface of a well casing. Therefore cathodic protections are only effective on those parts that come in contact with the environment.

California Water Wells

According to the California Department of Water Resources, in the past few months, storms boosted reservoir levels and the Department of Water Resources increased its water delivery allocation for most recipients to 45 percent of requests for 2016. However, California water wells are still needed to keep up with the demand.

The drought has not ended

California has been experiencing prolonged dry conditions. Seven of the nine years since 2007 have been dry. California also experienced record warmth during this time, heightening impacts to mountain snowpack and cold-water fisheries. 2014 and 2015 were, respectively, the warmest and second-warmest years in 121 years of statewide average temperature records.

Although this is the wettest year since the drought began in 2012, one somewhat improved season does not compensate for four prior years of drought.  Ending a drought means having enough precipitation and runoff throughout the state to mitigate the impacts we’ve experienced. Water year 2016 doesn’t get us there.

There will still be a need to generate enough water usage using groundwater wells.  Water well drilling is still on the rise and continue to be the primary source of water for properties in the outer areas of counties where city water is not an option. We need to continue to watch how the reservoir levels across the state rise in the 2016 and 2017 calendar year.

Accurately predicting whether water year 2017 will be wet, dry, or average is beyond climate forecasters’ present scientific skill. We must be prepared for the possibility of a dry (and perhaps warm) 2017 and the incremental impacts of another dry year on the state’s already stressed water resources and water users.

What Does El Niño Precipitation Mean For California Drought?

What does El Niño precipitation mean for California drought? The storms this year are fueled by an El Nino, which is essentially a temperature change in the Pacific that has brought unseasonably warm temperatures to much of the country and a whole lot of precipitation, especially in Southern and central California.  The drought in California has been going on for a number of years now. But if you’ve turned on the TV recently, or, for that matter, if you live in California, you may have noticed it’s raining there – a lot.

What Does El Niño Precipitation Mean For California Drought?

 What Does El Niño Precipitation Mean For California Drought?

When it comes to drilling for water, there are few rules and no boundaries. Generally, farmers who follow a set of modest regulations can drill on their own land. California passed stronger regulations last year that are intended to govern underground well drilling. Details of the rules are still being worked out. Water wells have become a great alternative to having the necessary water supply for your residential or agricultural property.

Four years of the California drought have just been too severe, they said, and it was uncertain that the rains would fall where they were needed most: in the northern mountains and valleys where California’s water systems begin. But after two months of steady rain and snow across Northern California, officials are beginning to see some rays of hope.