Posts in Water Well Drilling Q&A
Why Do I Have No Water At My Tap?

We get this type call surprisingly often and more often in the past three years.  Large diameter wells rely on shallower surface aquifers and are more dependent on precipitation. Problems can be complex, but in generally we try to determine specifics and narrow things down.   We talk about current water needs, and establish static water levels in the well. A reoccurring problem is…

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Cabin and Lake Lot Water Wells

Water wells rely on sand and gravel seems.  Saskatchewan has regulations that are loosely followed by many contractors.  Every water well should be tremie line grouted and pressurized grout pumping into the annulus above the stainless-steel screens to the surface.  Red Deer is an excellent example of what NOT to do…

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Ground Water - A Quick Guide

The cheapest route is often a Sand Point.  It is generally an augured hole no deeper than 25ft and is usually very slim casing around 2 inches to 4 inches (outside diameter) t.  The intake beneath the ground is slotted plastic casing.  Auger and flighted stem is the most common install and drilling muds are generally not required for such shallow depths.  If the hole collapses…

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Water-Borne Outbreak

There is no national surveillance system for collection of water born out break data for Canadians. Investigations of water-borne disease outbreaks are challenging because gastrointestinal illness are frequently underreported and come from multiple routes (person/ person, food-born, water-borne).  Canadian trends documented in

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Screen Size Does Matter
Water Well Repair - Honesty Breeds Integrity

We were called to repair yet another 4 1/2-inch ID well.  (We did not drill this well, we repaired another company’s well after the originally driller would not return calls.) Client was told by driller and reported 5inch on drillers report, he was getting 5-inch casing …..

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Saskatchewan Drought

The prairie provinces are no strangers to draught. From the Rocky Mountains to Hudson Bay are vulnerable to draught. It was reported that the Palliser’s Triangle in the south-west prairies was too arid to settle in 1850’s. The Dust Bowl of the 1930’s (Dirty Thirties) lasted approximately 10 years.   Prairie farmers are some of the best water conservationists as they depend on …

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Climate Change and Domestic Wells - Should We Worry?

According to Maclean’s in a 2018, Canada is in a vulnerable spot from ageing infrastructure climate change, floods/droughts, cyber-attacks, transboundary conflicts with the United States, contamination and the sale of water to foreign markets. ..

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Water Well Contamination

The reality is, many drilling companies currently operating in Saskatchewan are unable or not interested in grouting properly. Pressurized grouting is an important and key part of water well drilling…

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A Call From South Africa

Wolverine Drilling Inc. was still willing to assist with his well, he explained his trouble with finding literature about his current system and apologized for trying to mislead me about his location.  He feared that we would not help him …

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Clean and Reliable Water Source in Saskatchewan

Reliable water is an important resource that Saskatchewan requires to continue to develop and grow.  Water allows for new industry, greater herd numbers, farm expansions and is needed to build the “Heart of Saskatchewan”, our small towns that many call home….

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Does Equipment Really Matter When Drilling a Water Well?

It is important to use new modern methods such as modern electronic logging with spontaneous potential Resistivity and Gama.   Newer models take measurements every inch so areas with clay lenses can be avoided and better areas with increased flow utilized more. We are then able to

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Water Testing Kits - A Cautionary Note

The Saskatchewan Water Agency is warning the public that water testing kits are being left on doorsteps.  These kits are questionable as the bottles do not appear to be sterilized. The main purpose of these kits is to have a private agency/business test the water and …

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Slow Well - Now What?

When a well is drilled and the pump rate is not as predicted, our best advice is to utilize water management practices for the water it does produce within healthy parameters for the aquifer.  So now you have a slow well - now what? …

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Water...What Oceans Are Made Of

Some properties in Saskatchewan might have a beautiful view but have a 98.5% percent failure rate of ever finding water.  Other locations seem mundane, yet they are sitting above huge reservoirs of fresh water.  For me, the mundane property holds far more …

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Well Failure

Winter is especially hard on some shallow aquifers. This is because winter is cold and there is no liquid precipitation recharging aquifers. Quite often during winter, wells that rely on shallow aquifers tend to slow pump rates.  Be aware …

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Green Energy May Actually Be Gray

Industrial Wind Turbines can create vibrations that can migrate natural fine material that clog or stop water wells from producing.  This is a phenomenon that is well documented but often overlooked.  Leaving many home owners …

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What is Agrihood?

Here in Saskatchewan, Agrihood is developing and trending upwards fast as it a way to live a life potentially free of pesticides and remain in control of your own vegetables and fruit for you and your family.

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Ancient Wells of the Past

The use of water wells has been reported to being used 4000 years ago in Syria and Egypt.  Not all parts of the world at this time were using wells as a water supply. It is suggested that yearly wells were first made in rocky bolder areas where a natural spring could be found.

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What Is In My Water?

Water containing carcinogens like arsenic is odorless and tasteless.  Water testing is important for health. Water traveling through municipal and city utilities can take 3-5 day in old pipes before it reaches your house. Very often water wells offer a supply of reliable water in its most natural raw state.   Water wells should be initially tested to determine if the water

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