WWJ Closeup, August 2020

CHAUNCEY H. LEGGETT, CWD/PI
President
Lake Valley Well Co. Inc.
Tarboro, North Carolina

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
First: Treat people as you’d want to be treated. Kindness: You can never give it away; it will always come back to you. It will cost you nothing, but it pays huge dividends. Second: Take care of the little things, then the big things take care of themselves.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
To be able to move onto a client’s property with our equipment and construct a water well. Then install a pumping system in which that well will pump clean potable water to satisfy that client’s water needs for many years to come.

BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY?
Hands-down, geothermal heating and cooling. Solar only works when the sun is shining. Wind only works when the wind is blowing. Geothermal works all the time. The end-user invests in the most efficient heating and cooling system and the carbon dioxide footprint for the planet has been reduced.

HOW HAS GEOTHERMAL BEEN RECEIVED IN YOUR REGION?
Our clients have been very pleased. The main challenge is getting our clients to think long term as far as cost of operation and longevity of the system. To continue this growth, it’s extremely important for the government—state and federal—to participate with tax credits.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE WHEN INSTALLING A GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM?
Space for the drilling equipment needed to install the heat exchanger on some sites. The other is dealing with certain geological formations that make installing the loops challenging. Nothing brings down the morale of the crew like taking multiple attempts to install a loop.

GREATEST CHALLENGE FACING WATER WELL CONTRACTORS TODAY?
We must have the capital to invest in equipment to perform our service as well as to hire, train, and retain professionals. We must be competitive in our wages and retirement program. We must learn to be better business men and women and have capital to have a strong voice in government to protect our industry.