We drill all styles of water wells
When it comes to water well drilling it is important to understand the local aquifers and Wolverine Drilling Inc. has been fine-tuning their expertise since 2003. It takes alot of experience and geographical knowledge to understand how to drill a well effectively and efficiently so to have a dependable water source for generations. It is also important for one to understand the process and different types of water wells completed with the drilling strategy to increase success rates when drilling your water well.
Aquifers are formations from which water can be removed. Although water moves through an aquifer, it is not an underground river. Typically, aquifers are made up of sediments with relatively large and connected pore spaces that permit water movement. The larger the pore, the more movement. The smaller the pore, the slower the movement. Aquifers are most commonly composed of sands and gravels, but in some areas, may be formed large blanket bodies of ultra fine silt or by cracked or fractured coal or shale.
Aquifers can be found between confining layers (aquitards), which are soil and rock formations like clays and silts that permit slower movement of groundwater. Although these materials can be saturated with groundwater, they are not able to yield sufficient water to a well. This type of material may allow for a small amount of water, then once pumped away it may not recharge or recharge extremely slowly. Flow within aquitards is limited within small areas, but regionally they may transmit significant volumes of water. Aquitards can therefore significantly affect the flow and quality of water.
This style of well can be 2-inch diameter to 4-inch diameter. This type of well is to allow access to the aquifer body for water level measurements
Pumpable Piezometer Well :
This is a 4.5-inch hole that we use to verify target formation, evaluate the distribution of particle size in the cuttings, confirmation of depth, and relative quality of the water in the formation. We use his mudded hole to run an Elog into the mudded hole (with out casing). Then install a 4-inch diameter PVC casing with slotted screen. Our minimum footage is 100ft.
Dry Auger Test Hole:
This is a hole that is free of driller mud, where the geology sample is augured to the surface. It provides a sample of the potential available water. Our minimum charge is up to 100ft. This can be done in a few test holes or all the footage in one hole. Elogging is not utilized in this style of test hole.
Mud Rotary Test Hole:
This is a 4.5-inch hole that we use to verify target formation, evaluate the distribution of particle size in the cuttings, confirmation of depth, and relative quality of the water in the formation. We use his mudded hole to run an Elog into the mudded hole (with out casing). Our Elog runs SPR, SP and Gamma. This logging evaluates the best potential for water supply with measurements to the inch. It allows for the greatest accuracy so screens can be places to yield the greatest quantity of water. Our minimum footage is 100ft. We drill this with the intent of using this test hole and ream it into the well.
5 inch Diameter PVC Well:
This style of drilling requires the use of a rotary bit of about 8 inches and circulating drilling fluid to reach deeper depths than most shallow formations, and it has increased drill speed. We strictly use the best materials on the market. We use a man-made silica sand to fill the screen annulus creating a better filter cake. 5-inch ID 250 telescopic casing and 5 inch ID stainless steel screens. Average Saskatchewan pump rates are between 3-8 gal per min. Wells 3gal per min or less, we recommend the use of a small holding tank to help elevate high water usage and low water usage throughout the day. In some cases, a holding tank is a better option than opting to dig to a substantially deeper target.
Wolvering Drilling Inc. is an established and trusted water well drilling company that has been serving Saskatchewan residents and municipalities since 2003. We take pride in our dedication to provide all of our customers with great service and high quality water wells.
Value of a Well
COST FACTORS FOR DRILLING water wells:
- Depth required to drill
- Expense of equipment required to do the work
- Product and materials
- Labour hours
- Man power
COST COMPONENTS (BROAD ESTIMATES) for water wells:
In Relation to 2,000 sq. ft House in Saskatchewan approximate cost $250,000
- Outside Structure: frame, trusses, roof, siding, windows = 25%
- Inside Structure: trim, interior walls, paint, flooring = 25%
- Utilities: electric, plumbing, heating & air conditioning = 20%
- Site excavation = 10%
- Exterior Components: driveway, deck, landscaping = 10%
- Permits = 4%
- Other Expenses = 6%
Within the above Broad Estimates, the average water well costs approximately 3.2% - 3.6% and within the 20% Utilities Category.
Considering food, water, and shelter are essential for life. The cost of drilling a water well is a relatively low expense.