WWJ Closeup, November 2018

JEREMY BACH
Vice President/Driller
Bach Drilling Co.
Ellensburg, Washington

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT?
Advice from my father. He has taught me everything I know about drilling and the industry. Probably the most rewarding part of working in the groundwater industry is getting to do projects with him.

ON MY DESK RIGHT NOW?
Customers needing wells, decommissionings, and bids—all normal things.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Finishing a well. It’s always a good feeling finding water and seeing the customer’s reaction.

TOUGHEST CHALLENGE FACING WATER WELL CONTRACTORS?
New rules and over-regulation of domestic exempt wells. Just being a well driller or pump installer is not enough in today’s world; you must be involved in what’s going on in your state legislature. Without the extra involvement, you may find yourself regulated out of a livelihood.

KEYS TO AN EFFICIENT WATER SYSTEM?
It starts with a good well. If you start out with an efficient, productive, and clean water source, it saves customers money and heartache down the road.

WHAT ROLE DOES THE WATER WELL CONTRACTOR HAVE IN EXEMPT WELL ISSUES THAT ARE ON THE RISE?
Everyone in the industry plays a role when fighting bad regulations and rulemaking. Drillers, pump installers, hydrogeologists, suppliers, and engineers all have something at stake. You must build a relationship with your county officials and state representatives and senators. It’s essential when water issues come up you are at the top of the call list.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN MOST FROM YOUR TIME AS PRESIDENT OF YOUR STATE ASSOCIATION FROM 2015-2018?
I learned that everyone has something to give. The groundwater industry is multifaceted and linking on-site drilling experience with science-based concepts gives groundwater associations an edge.

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