DANIEL T. MEYER, MGWC, CVCLD
Gregg Drilling & Testing Inc.
Garden Grove, California
Received 2017 NGWA Life Member Award
THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT?
Observe, remember, compare, and forget. These four words were told to me when I was about 14 years old on a summer Sunday afternoon back on the family farm in northeast Iowa.
FAVORITE MEMORY WORKING AT GREGG DRILLING & TESTING INC.?
My favorite financial memory is the successful acquisition of Pitcher Drilling in northern California, a business dating back to John Pitcher and 1933. My favorite drilling story is Gregg’s first over-water project in Anchorage harbor in 2003. That project included Americans, Canadians, Englishmen, and native Alaskans.
BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY?
I think it is difficult to choose one thing. It depends on where you live and your climate, so I’ll choose two: geothermal energy or solar energy. To me, it is these two passive systems that are amazing, and the technologies can be utilized depending on where you live and your climate.
KEYS TO AN EFFICIENT WATER SYSTEM?
It is design and knowing what your planned demand is going to be. I’ve been involved with drilling some domestic irrigation wells in California, and our best results have been where the anticipated demand was known prior to the well being installed and the well designed accordingly.
THE MOST OVERLOOKED ITEM WHEN PLANNING A GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM?
We should sell geothermal from a graph. If the customer desires high performance, then he or she chooses higher quality installations (more holes in the ground, so to say) and receives better performance.
QUESTION I GET THE MOST AS AN NGWA PAST PRESIDENT (2013)?
It is usually about the time commitment as NGWA president. The Board of Directors and the NGWA organization act as a team and sometimes life obligations don’t allow us to spend as much time as anticipated, so we must cover for one another.
ISSUE THAT WILL GROW IN IMPORTANCE FOR WATER WELL CONTRACTORS?
Engine emissions. California is already beginning to face this issue. Truck and deck engines are going to lead to either a disaster, reduction in contractors, escalating prices, or all the above.