well drilling equipmentWhen the drilling equipment is ready, it is tempting to start working right away. However, your target site must be fully examined to ensure that drilling is only done where there is a high chance of penetrating into water-bearing formations.

A well should be located such that it is easy to use, clean, maintain, and protect it from contamination. Failure to do so may render the investment useless, and in worse cases, a health hazard to the users. For you to ensure that this does not happen, consider the following factors when carrying out your well drilling operations.


Ordinarily, the water table follows the surface of the land. That means low positioned areas in the land, like depressions and valleys, are the best to drill a water well on. However, ensure that the site is not prone to floods, is not near contaminated ponds, and is accessible.


If you want to drill your well during the dry season, then survey for groundwater indications by checking the green vegetation available, or by understanding the alignment of ant mounds. Note that annual plant types such as fern and grass should not be used as determinants. Instead, check for broadleaf trees, year-round-reeds, willow and cedar shrubs, since they always grow where water is near the surface.

Sub-surface soil types

In most cases, gravel and sand deposits carry significant amounts of usable water. However, the actual water quantities that can be pumped out depend on the thickness and the permeability of the deposits. That means, the thicker the deposit and the larger the soil grain size on the surface, the higher the water yield.

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With the above insights, always ensure that your water drilling project is done by qualified and experienced professionals in the trade. This way, you will not only get a well that suits your needs, but also one that will remain safe and useful for a long time.