How often, when drilling a water well, do you think of source protection? Yes, it is the law to follow all state and local regulations. However, besides those regulations, what else do you consider before installing a well? What about unforeseen contamination caused by runoff, flooding or man? We know that if the well was correctly installed, following all state and local regulations, there is no need to worry about future contamination … right?
Regulations are designed to stop known contaminants from infecting the wellbore. Before drilling a well, we must consider what other unknown variables of contamination could have a negative impact on the well. Remember, Mother Nature did an excellent job of creating source protection, and then our disruptive drilling process destroyed it. We follow that disruption by installing a permanent shaft that can efficiently deliver contaminants directly to the production zone. Therefore, it is our responsibility as drillers to look for all potential hazards to a well and work to minimize risk to the aquifer.