3 Water Supply Tips That Will Keep You Alive In An Emergency

Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an Emergency

  1. A normally active person needs to drink at least one half gallon of water each day. Some people could require more, depending on their circumstances, such as hotter environments or people who are ill.  stored water 1
  2. At least one gallon a day is needed for each person for food preparation and hygiene.
  3. It is also very important that you never ration the amount of water you need. Try to minimize the amount of water that your body needs by 1st staying cool or slowing your activities.

Think ahead for such emergencies and store at least two weeks for each member of your family.

Water is important to your survival, so always be looking for more water to store.

3 Signs Your Water Well Has Ran Dry

Signs and solution’s to a dry well

A well is a system used to draw water up from an underground water source. A hole is drilled into saturated soil or rock, with a pipe inserted to draw water to the surface.

Wells use water stored in an underground aquifer, which is a formation of rocks or loose material that produces a significant amount of water when tapped by a well. Modern water wells are drilled providing safer water and less chance of running dry due to the level of the water table dropping below the level of the well.

One of the main reasons for a dry well is that the pumping rates are greater than the supply of water that is available. During water shortages, it is common for the water table level to drop below the level of the pump pipe.

3 Sign that your well is running dry:

  1. The faucet is turned on and no water appears, this shows the pump is sucking air from the well and not water.
  2. The appearance and taste of the water can provide clues to water levels. For Example: The water appears to be murky with an altered taste.
  3. Spluttering faucet with intermittent water.


To ensure these are signs of a low water level, and not problems with the electricity supply or fuses connected to the pump, we recommend:

  • Checking the water pump breaker in the electrical breaker box by turning the breaker off and on again. Making sure that your system has not tripped a breaker.


If the problems continue, be sure to call a qualified pump installer to complete a thorough check on your pumping system.


A DRILLED WATER WELL consists of an excavation or structure created in the ground by boring or drilling to access groundwater in underground aquifers. This process is usually done by rotating a hollow drill pipe with a BIT on the bottom. Pushing high volumes of air through the drill pipe and out the bit at such force that the air will blow the drilled materials (cuttings) up and out of the hole with the upper part being lined with casing.rotary drill bit

The CASING does a triple action, preventing the collapse of the borehole walls, providing housing for a pump mechanism and for the pipe. This action allows the water to move from the pump to the surface.steel pipe

The casing must have a DRIVE SHOE attached to the bottom to prevent damage while driving the pipe to make a good seal with the formation. Drilling for water is a demanding operation where rock conditions can vary from work site to work site.Driveshoe6inch

Below the casing, the lower portion of the borehole is the INTAKE through which water enters the well. The intake is an open hole in the formation below the casing. The Washington State Department of Ecology requires your well driller to log the formation of the geological conditions of your well as it deepens.
When the well is near completion, your driller blows the water with air to determine the yield amount. Then a process called BLOWING begins, this develops the water well, allowing the thick dirty drilling mud out and lets new & fresh water in. blowing water

After your water well is completed, a temporary cap is welded onto your wellhead, to prevent any debris from entering the well. A permanent vented cap will be replaced when your pumping system is installed.


Estimating the Depth & Cost your Water Well in Grandview

A Water Well Contractor cannot tell you exactly to what depth they will drill or the exact amount of water that the well will yield.

The contractor estimates by utilizing the information of average depth for your area (zone) and knowledge of ground formations. In most cases water can be tapped from 100 to 300 ft while in some areas 500 to 1000 ft deep is normal.

The First cost for your water well will be the permit, which is a cost set by the Washington State Department of Ecology or if on Tribal Land, a permit is required through the Water Code Administration.

The Second determining factor is the estimated cost of your well. The Drilling Contractors charge by the foot along with any drilling cost as well as pipe usage. It is important that your Well Contractor along with the Well Driller, is Licensed and Bonded in the State of Washington, with a reputable reputation. It is the Well Contractors duty to give a good faith estimate.

If the water first tapped is adequate for your family, then drilling can stop. If not, then drilling may have to go deeper. (A family of four uses approximately 300 gallons of water each day).

 Let us not say what we are, but let us prove what we are; by being 100% Owner/Operators, providing education, free diagnostic review with estimates along with an amazing 30-day customer support guarantee.

Gary Lydin

Gary Lydin

David Oldham

David Oldham

 Apple Valley Well Drilling, Inc.        Drilling Wells Since 1978

Washington State License Verification: Licensed, Bonded & Insured

Contractor Number: AppleVW945RQ

Washington Driller License: 1023

Yakama Indian Nation License: YIN-100-14

Dot Number: 1895095

Purchasing a Home with a Water Well in Zillah

Before purchasing a home you should require proof that your water well is of sufficient supply. If you are borrowing money from an institute such as a bank, sometimes they will require a test be completed. However, if you are purchasing on private contract seek assistance from a licensed water well drilling company before the closing of the sale. If a new water system or the upgrade of an existing system is necessary, through appropriate testing, part of the purchase price should be held in escrow to cover the expense.

The owner of a residential property with their own private water well systems should supply you (the purchaser) with information about the following:

Well Location and type of construction

Types of materials used in the construction including the pipes leading to the house

Age of the system and pump

Location of septic systems and its relation to the well

Is the water supply being softened and by what process

Is the present method of water adequate for your needs

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The Rotary Well Drilling Process in Grandview

At Apple Valley Well Drilling, Inc, we use a Rotary Drill to complete our wells.Most Domestic wells are drilled to 6 or 8 inches in diameter. Whereas Commercial or Irrigation wells are often drilled at larger diameters.
Rotary Drilling is when a drill bit is attached to a length of connected drill pipe. The drill bit is made of tough metals so as the drill rotates, the bit grinds the formation. The broken formation is then flushed upward and out of the hole. The drillers force air and water to create slurry down through the drill pipe to force the water and formation back to the surface. This slurry also serves to cool and lubricate the drill bit. As the drill bit intersects water, bearing formations it will flow into the hole. Drillers carefully monitor the depth of water by tracking the formations as they drill. By monitoring the depths and formations, this process assist with future drilling in the area.

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Replacing Your Water-Well in Toppenish

A new well may be the only option to ensure a safe and steady water supply when your current well runs dry. It is a necessity to work with your well driller to address the well location along with its size, storage capacity, water pressure and other issues. Here at www.topenishwelldrilling.com we offer a free Diagnostic Review with any Estimates, along with 30-days of Customer Support. Our goal is to make drilling you a well simple!

Time Needed To Drill A Well

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Well drilling completion times vary from a half day to three days or longer.  Drilling time is affected by many factors including time to set up, difficult drilling formations and weather.  All of these factors vary from site to site and well to well.  These are also factors that we have no control over.  In addition, the time it takes to develop each well is different.  Because of these variables there is no way for us to give a fixed time for well completion.

Space Required To Drill My Well


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Apple Valley Well Drilling

Imagine a 30ft truck that is 8ft wide and is towing a 30ft boat that is 8ft wide, the well is drilled where the trailer hitch would be.  Additional room is required on both sides of the rig and water truck for the access and for the drilling process.

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