Well Drilling Services in Washington
We specialize in water production wells. We service and drill wells to procure water for our customer, and we primarily work on residential projects, for drinking water supply and irrigation uses.
For our residential clients, we believe that we can offer you a well that is as good as the well that the city gets their water from. Because of this belief, we've developed processes for Washington well drilling that result in a well that will structurally last a life time. Some of these processes are based on emphasis in proper well development, aquifer testing, screen sizing, and pump sizing. All of this is to make sure our future business is earned by word of mouth, not system service and replacement.
For commercial & agricultural clients, we believe that in addition to the above, you'll appreciate that we can provide services that are predictably scheduled, that we have the ability to accurately estimate costs, and we have a business philosophy that goes back to a time when a hand shake WAS a contract.
For large projects, we strive to work closely with the engineers and project managers, to make sure the end product is right the first time, and to develop the relationships that make us a good contractor to work with. We believe we should make our living from our knowledge & skill, not our change orders.
Underground Injection Control
The UIC Program is set to protect groundwater quality by regulating the discharges to IUC wells. Underground Injection Control Wells are manmade to discharge fluids into the subsurface. Examples are drywells, infiltration trenches with perforated pipe, and any structure deeper than the widest surface dimension. Most Washington UIC wells are used to manage stormwater (ie: drywells) and sanitary waste (large on-site systems), return water to the ground, and help clean up contaminated sites. The potential for groundwater contamination from injection wells depends upon well construction and location; quality of the fluids injected; and the geographical and hydrologic settings in which the injection occurs.
To one degree or another, our projects go through all or a portion of 11 distinct phases of work:
- Specification & Initial Design
Even a small residential well may be used for a variety of purposes - washing dishes, showers, washing cars, watering lawns & gardens, and in emergencies, as a fire sprinkler supply (if your house has fire sprinklers). Proper well specification and design helps to establish an estimate of costs, reduce changes in the drilling plan, and reduce the costs associated with changes in the plan to adapt to actual conditions.
- Site Preparation
Site preparation is more complicated on larger projects, but is generally required on all projects due to the size of the machinery involved in the project. Some projects only need a load of gravel laid down on the road, others need whole roads & drilling pads constructed with containment ponds and surface water management. A site visit and a clear specification from the Owner is necessary for most site preps to proceed.
The drilling process, much like a perk test, is the discovery phase of the process. Once a drill bit is advanced, and casing begins going down the bore, we discover the actual geology present under the site, the aquifer location, and the wells potential for meeting the design established. Drilling often takes 1 to 5 days, sometimes longer for more complicated projects.
- Well Screening & Development
Well screening is the process of putting a stainless steel screen in the aquifer to sort the aquifer and around the well and allow water to enter the well through a larger surface area of the well. Proper screening is followed by lengthy well development where we use a drilling rig to establish a natural well filter pack around the screen – this process sorts the gravels & sands around the screen and creates large amount of open area around the screen.
- Aquifer Pumping Tests and Water Quality Analysis
After the screening & development, pumping tests can begin using test equipment. Pumping tests allow for the well to be put through its paces – determination of actual well yields, specific capacity, aquifer characteristics, and water quality can all be established during this phase. Water samples are usually collected at the end of the pumping test and delivered to certified laboratories for analysis.
- Well Pump and System Design
Using the information gathered from the prior phases of work, a permanent pumping system can be designed to deliver the required flow rates & pressure to the end users requirements. With this design, an estimate of costs can be developed.
- Water Treatment Design
If it's determined that water treatment or conditioning is necessary, we'll either design the system or have an engineer design it, and provide a cost estimate at this time.
- Well Pump Installation
Pump installation is generally completed using a large 10,000lb pump hoist to lower the pump and motor to near the bottom of the well. The pump is hung on Schedule 120 PVC, or Galvanized Pipe if it's a very large pump, with submersible pump cable, torque arrests, and centralizer.
- Water treatment system installation
- Water quality post treament analysis
- Periodic maintenance and system upkeep
Honesty & integrity in our work is very important to us. We work to educate the consumer on how their water system works. Consumer education leads to higher levels of confidence in choosing a service provider. Confident customers are happy customers, and happy customers tell co-workers, friends, and family members that we're the company to call for their next water system project.