Thinking Long Term

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We need to plan and execute well construction and maintenance projects in a manner befitting the importance of the resource.

By Michael J. Schnieders, PG, PH-GW

The projects we are called in on at times are more or less post-mortem exercises. The well is either close to or long-past the point of no return.

This is true for large municipal wells and residential wells alike. When reviewing what little history is often presented, the record is a series of poor decisions based on cost or just meeting basic standards and expectations.

When one looks back at the water well industry’s early primers on well construction such as the Water Well Handbook (1948) or the 1966 edition of Groundwater & Wells, there were common goals for what was classified as a “good well.” These goals included a well reasonably free from contamination, a 25-year lifespan, and of economical cost (“cheap”).

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