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What is a groundwater survey? A groundwater survey is an exploration effort aimed at determining the groundwater potential of an area or property. This is used for locating a specific site for drilling a new water well. This effort can start with identifying the local geology, history of drilling in the area and viewing aerial and satellite photos of the area for fractures. Once this information is pulled together and analyzed the next step is to move towards an in-the-field geophysical survey.
There are several types of geophysical technologies that can be used to evaluate groundwater potential. These include but are not limited to Sesimoelectric, Resistivity, VLF, NMR, Seismic Reflection and Magnetic Profiling. These are just a few of the better known technologies used for detecting groundwater. There is also witching, dowsing and diving, but there is no scientific basis for using this method to determine groundwater potential. Each of these technologies have their pros and cons. Some are too expensive, some are not accurate enough, and some do not provide the whole picture needed to drill an expensive well. Yes, drilling is expensive so you want to use a method that will provide the information you need to protect your investment and provide you with the water you need for many years.
AquaSearch owner and operator Mark Purington was working in East Africa in 2010, drilling new water wells for people in rural areas of Kenya who did not have access to clean water. Using Resistivity groundwater surveys required by the government to locate where to drill new wells the success rate was so low that many wells produced little to no water. After three years of drilling and a modest success rate of less than 50% a better method needed to be used before drilling anymore dry holes.
After an extensive search evaluating the numerous geophysical technologies on the market today, Mark found AquaLocate. AquaLocate develops and markets the most advanced seismoelectric technology worldwide. Using this technology in Kenya, the success rate skyrocketed to over 95% over a three-year period. This was of course a game changer and was the reason AquaSearch uses this same technology here in the U.S. to help you find the water you need!