Drilling for water

In early February I visited the site with Robin Caster from Caster Well Drilling out of Fulton, NY to get an idea of where we might be able to drill for water. It was my first time seeing┬ásomeone dousing for water (aka well witching) and it was pretty interesting to watch. Having an engineering background I always want to understand the physics when trying to solve a problem or when figuring out how to do something. I really don’t understand the science of well dousing but I’m a believer that it works. When I was at the site earlier this week with Robin’s brother, Darrin, he let me hold one side of the branch and there was no question that the branch moved downward as we walked around the property and crossed over a water vein.

Darrin and Robin’s son, Ryan had the rig all set up when I arrived on Monday morning and they started drilling around 9:30 am. It was really interesting to watch the entire process and Darrin was great in explaining as they went along. There really is a lot to drilling for water. Having someone experienced like Darrin is critical to a successful outcome and finding good water. I was also impressed at how important it is to be good in math. Darrin uses the well diameter and a stopwatch to calculate the flow rate after raising the drill and then slowly lowers it the point were the water flows into the well.

Well location on southern  part of site

Well location on southern part of site

Shovel with rock fragments from the well

Shovel with rock fragments from the well

Darrin Caster with rig in the background

Darrin Caster with rig in the background

We hit a water vein at approximately 30 feet and Darrin drilled the well to 48 feet deep so that we’d have a good reservoir with the calculated flow rate of 4 gallons per minute. Very cool stuff and it looks like we’ve got good water!

Here’s a link to a YouTube video with Darrin explaining well drilling:

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