Where should I drill for water?
There are many factors why groundwater exists; the biggest
is geologic formations. Without the right geologic conditions
groundwater will not occur. A field representative needs to
have a clear understanding of the regional geology to provide
the best possible chance to find groundwater. "Well Dousing
can't change the geology."
How deep will I have to drill to find water?
On average in the northern coastal California area, up to
50 miles inland. Water Wells can be drilled on average to
a depth of 140' 240'. Some water wells are shallow less
than 50' and some are deep water wells over 400'+. On the
shallow water wells the sanitary seal determines the minimum
depth this in turn will effect water well costs.
How much water do I need?
On a residential water well for a single family home the yield
can be as low 1 GPM (gallons per minute) that works out to
be about 1400 gallons of water in a 24 hour period. If you
have extensive landscaping, the yield needs to increase significantly
up to 10 15 GPM. Ultimately the end use of the water
will dictate your GPM needs.
How long will it take to drill a water well?
Most private water well construction takes 1-2 Days to Drill,
case and filter pack. The final stage is the sanitary seal,
this is put in between the drilled bore hole and the casing
to keep surface water from entering in the well. This has
to be scheduled with the Department of Environmental Health
for inspection and can take a few days to coordinate.
What kind of access do I need?
Since modern water well drilling rigs are more efficant,
the room needed for drilling rigs and it's ancillary equipment
are less than years past, mostly 12'-15' wide and clear of
overhead obstructions will do the trick. Consult with the
field representative for your particular needs.
How Hard is it to get a permit?
Usually this is a very simple process with some basic
information, (APN, site address, site map with well location)
it can take about a week. Some water wells located in the
coastal zone can take longer.