Site Selection for High-Yield Water Supply Wells

AES conducts geologic and hydrologic studies to select locations for higher-yield water wells in Georgia and the Southeast. These studies are scientifically proven to be much more successful than random well installation and water dowsing. Our geologist has over 20 years of experience successfully locating high-yield water well sites for commercial and residential properties. Recent Level 4 Drought Conditions in Georgia have highlighted the need for water wells to supplement public water systems and for areas without public water system access. The cost of a hydrogeologic study is typically readily recovered when compared with the high cost (ranging from $7,000 to $20,000) of installing a low-yield water well.


Project Profile

Service: Water Well Location Selection for High Yield Wells

Background: A reliable high-yield water well was needed to operate a large summer camp in Greene County, Georgia. The initial water well installed at the property yielded only about 5 gallons per minute (gpm), which was insufficient to operate the camp. No public water system was available to provide water supply for the camp.

Services: Mr. Glenn Sofge, professional geologist, conducted a Hydrogeologic Study to help select locations for high-yield water supply wells for the camp. The hydrogeologic study included:
A fracture-trace survey using remote sensing techniques to identify linear drainage patterns.
A review of published geologic maps for the area.
A site reconnaissance to observe topographic features and rock outcrops which indicate potential joints, fractures, and linear orientations in the rock.
Interviews with selected area residents concerning water well performance and water quality.
Higher-yield wells in rock formations are typically located in areas where thick residual soils and joints/fractures in the rock are more common.

Results: Based on the Hydrogeologic Study, two sites were selected for drilling water wells. One of the water wells produced 70 gpm, and the other water well produced 20 gpm from a deeper aquifer with high water quality. Even during record drought conditions, the camp was able to operate with the high water quality and yield from the installed water wells.

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