How to find Water and Water Table Depth Underground.

If you are looking to drill a water well, you want to know where to drill before going to the expense of drilling a water well. The big question is “how deep am I going to have to drill to find water in my area, and what depth is the water table (the level below which the ground is saturated with water.)” .  Looking at water well records for your area is a good place to start. After viewing the records for your area you will see that the depth and yield ( gallons per minute ) vary greatly. Some of the wells may find water in a unconsolidated zone and some in fractured bedrock.  Whether you are looking to find or locate, an underground lake, underground river, underground stream or creek, underground spring etc they are all classified as groundwater.

Groundwater is the water found underground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. It is stored in and moves slowly through geologic formations of soil, sand and rocks called aquifers. When you drill into an aquifer the yield will depend on  the thickness of the zone and hydraulic conductivity. If you drill in a location where the aquifer is the thinnest and has the lowest hydraulic conductivity you will get the lowest yield or a dry well. An area with a low hydraulic conductivity would be a material such as a mixture of clay and silt or un-fractured granite. A zone that would have high hydraulic conductivity would be clean gravel or highly fractured basalt. If you want to find the the location to drill with the highest potential yield you need  find the location to drill that the aquifer is the thickest and has the highest hydraulic conductivity. Using seismic technology and software customized for imaging aquifers we are able to find this for you before drilling. After collecting data at your site we will mail you a report detailing for each sounding location; depth to the base of the aquifer(s) and yield (gpm). This way you can make an informed decision of where to drill or locate your well, ensuring you drilled you water well in the location that will have the highest yield and avoid drilling  an unproductive  or dry well.

CONTACT US or call 250-788-9118  for a free phone consultation or to find out when we are working in your area next. We have regular runs throughout Western Canada, will make special trips to other regions of Canada. We try and schedule testing in areas such as Kenya or other International Locations in our slower season December Through January.

Water well development is also a determining factor for final water well yield. Please click on the links below to learn more.

http://www.lifewater.ca/drill_manual/Section_10.htm  http://welldrillingschool.com/courses/pdf/WellDevelopment.pdf

https://www.bcgwa.org/images/Well%20Development.ppt

If you are looking to use google earth to find underground water maps, write down the latitude and longitude for the location your are trying to find information for. Then proceed to our water well records page to find specific information for the area. This will not give you the best location to drill but may help you determine where the water table may be in your area, the average yield and depth, and assist on where to have us perform seismic testing to find the location to drill with the highest potential yield.