FAQs

What will your well cost?
Typically, wells are priced based on size and depth. After initial contact with Willey Well Drilling lnc., we will meet you on site to discuss your project needs. This will include well depth(s), size(s), placement of well, equipment, and more. Remember, lowest price often times reflects what a contractor can afford to put into his work. Always ask about operations, equipment and proof of liability, worker’s compensation insurance and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Registration Number.

How can I be sure my well will be good?
Unfortunately several years ago, wells were not always constructed properly because of a lack of modern technology. Today the latest technology is available to all in the drilling industry. Choosing a contractor with modern, reliable equipment makes all the difference.

I’m running out of water, what can I do?
Instead of the expense of abandoning the well and installing a new one, a professional contractor can often “rehabilitate” the well and restore flows that provide enough water for all of a family’s daily needs. Along with the water table dropping, which has happened in several parts of the country because of the drought, there can be other reasons for reduced productivity. The most common is the plugging of holes along the well’s casing and incrustations forming on the well screens. The amount of water going through the well system will drop significantly if several holes or portions of the screen are clogged.

Two typical methods are used to rehabilitate a well. The first is using chemicals to dissolve the encrusting materials so they can be pumped from the well and the other is cleaning the well with a brush that can be attached to a drill rig. High pressure jetting, hydro fracturing and well surging are also procedures in which water is injected into the well at extreme pressures. In many cases, we will use a combination of these methods. For more information on rehabilitating a water well system, please contact our office.

What determines the well location?
Many aspect need to be taken into consideration when determining the well location such as lot size, possible sources of contamination, geography, future building plans, accessibility and more. We will be happy to meet you on site to guide you through this process.

How much water do I need?
Many variables need to be considered, as each application is different. The most important factors are the size of the home or building(s), type of use, occupancy and more. WWD, Inc. is able to tailor systems to your specific needs.

Well owner tips:
Properly constructed private water supply systems require little routine maintenance. These simple steps will help protect your system and investment.
• Always use a licensed or certified water well driller and pump installer when a well is constructed, a pump is installed or the system is serviced.
• An annual well maintenance check, including a water test for bacteria, is recommended. Any source of drinking water should be checked any time there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime a water supply system is serviced.
• Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil, far away from your well.
• Periodically check the well cover or well cap on top of the casing and the casing exposed above ground to ensure it is in good condition. Any open holes can result in contamination and exposure to rodents and insects.
• Always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems or chemical storage facilities.
• Take care in working or mowing around your well. A damaged casing could jeopardize the sanitary protection of your well. Don’t pile snow, leaves, or other materials around your well.
• Keep your well records in a safe place. These include the well log completed at the time of construction, as well as annual water well system maintenance and water testing results.

Where your water comes from
Groundwater is used for drinking water by more than 50% of the people in the United States, including those with private wells and some public water customers. Groundwater is a renewable, reliable resource for cool, pure water.

Groundwater from drilled wells is naturally filtered and less likely to be contaminated than surface water in lakes and rivers. It is also less likely to have shallow well contamination problems, often due to poorly installed septic systems. Drilled wells recharge themselves and can provide a constant, steady supply of water even during bouts of dry weather.

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What is Groundwater?
Groundwater, which accounts for 98 percent of the world’s fresh water, occurs below the ground, where it is filtered and purified naturally as it passes through layers of the earth.

Groundwater is stored in aquifers – layers of soil, sand and rocks – but can come to the surface naturally through a spring or brought to the surface through a well. More than 42 million people in the U.S. depend on individual wells for their drinking water.

Water on the earth is constantly moving. The water cycle, pictured below, describes the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth. Water can change states (liquid, vapor and ice) at various stages of the water cycle.

When water falls as rain, hail or snow, some of it collects as surface water. The rest seeps into the earth to become groundwater. Groundwater flows slowly underground and emerges again as surface water. Evaporation of surface water takes place and the cycle starts again.