AquaLocate is excited to announce that the GF6 (upgrade from the GF3500) is now available for purchase. The new system has been completely redesigned and is now more portable, more compact, more sensitive to deeper water sources, and has a completely redesigned software interface which will allow for easy export to flow modeling software. The NEW GF6 pricing has also changed making it even more affordable to a wider range of users around the world. Contact us for more information on how you can purchase this industry exclusive system or call 800-251-2920.
Well drilling gone wrong! Last year we were hired by a client on Bainbridge Island in Washington who had an existing well that was about 531 feet deep, drilled by a local driller. The well driller reported the well as dry to the client and the State of Washington. The client wanted to know if he should drill deeper or not. We completed our testing starting at the existing well and our seismo-electric equipment showed that there was very little chance of obtaining additional groundwater deeper than about 450 feet. Our equipment did show an aquifer between about 270 and 440 feet. When the client received our report, he called and asked what he should do. We told him one option was to hire another drilling company to try and develop the existing well. After development and installation of a screen and gravel pack, the final yield of the existing well (after being reported as non-productive by the original driller) was 30 gallons per minute.
In June 2010, we completed a groundwater assessment for a client in Auburn who was preparing to build a new home. We knew the area had relatively low yield wells and were prepared to see modest yield results once the survey was complete. In the final report, the best site located had an estimated yield of 2 to 6 gallons per minute at an estimated depth of 125 feet. Two weeks ago, our client had a new well drilled with the drilling contractor telling them the well wasn’t productive. After a we had a conversation with the drilling contractor, we learned they observed what was described as “moisture” at about 90 feet and 220 feet but could they not seem to get the water to flow and installed steel casing to just about the bottom of the new well (over 300 feet). We suggested the client speak to a collegue (www.justicewater.com) who is an expert in drilling and well development to get some input. He told them to have the drilling contractor perforate the well in the area they detected “moisture” to determine if it could be developed. On June 29, 2011, we received a call from the client who told us after being perforated the well was producing nearly 5 gallons per minute with half the total volume coming from an area between 77 feet and 111 feet which is what our report indicated. Some deeper water was also reported at about 220 feet but could not be used due to state regulations. The final result is a productive well which was initially reported as non-productive.
Another success for the AquaLocate Survey Crew! Over this last summer the AquaLocate crew completed quite a bit of work in Idaho and Montana. On one trip, they were gone for 5 days and traveled to four states completing work for 5 different clients. One client, Chris T., called while his drilling contractor was in the middle of a new drilling project and asked for some advice. The drilling contractor had drilled to just over 300 feet with no obvious sign of water and Chris didn't want to just keep drilling without knowing if there was water to be found. We suggested he put the project on hold due mainly to the lack of any research information for the surrounding area which prevented us from knowing if there was any chance at all for water if they drilled deeper. Chris agreed and had us come out. After completing a small survey in the middle of a new hay field and one individual sounding at his existing but non-productive well, we told him there was water at every site with at least 5 to 10 gallons per minute at the strongest site at a depth of about 575 feet. Even his existing dry 305 foot deep well had indications of water between about 350 and 575 feet. Chris had his existing well deepened and the drilling contractor started to encounter small amounts of water at about 370 feet with a significant volume (estimated at more than 20 gallons per minute) between 520 and 590 feet. This is just another example of a rewarding job completed by the AquaLocate survey crew. Call 800-251-2920 for more information about how we can help you.