How A Hydrologist Locates Adequate Sources Of Groundwater


A hydrologist is a professional who is trained to locate adequate sources of groundwater. This step is essential in preparing where a new well will be installed. The following information will outline a hydrologist's duties, leading up to having well-drilling services performed on agricultural land.

An Involved Process

The types of plants that are growing on land, the existence of wells that are located near a parcel of land that will soon have a well installed on it, and the topography of a piece of property may have a bearing on where groundwater accumulates and the most favorable area for well drilling to take place. A hydrologist studies rock formations, crevices that run across the surface of rocks, and the growth of organic materials.

If you are going to have a well installed on your agricultural land, a hydrologist will initially walk around the premises and take note of the natural features that are present. Some parcels of land may be easier to inspect than others. For instance, a piece of property that contains a stream or another natural body of water may be indicative of a natural water source that is located below the water feature. A piece of property that lacks a natural body of water may be more difficult to assess.

Rocks And Plant Assessments, Topography, And Digging Strategies

Crevices that run across the surface of rocks may suggest that running water has come into contact with the rocks on multiple occasions. Running water infiltrates into the pores and cracks in rocks. Precipitation will also infiltrate into the soil that surrounds rocks.

The type of plants that are growing on the land can provide information about the type of climate that is experienced. Water-loving plants that are thriving in a specific region may be growing right above an aquifer. An aquifer is a permeable layer of rocks that precipitation runs through. Due to gravitational force, the accumulation of precipitation will occur along flat or sunken parts of a parcel of land. A hydrologist will study the topography of your land and use it and other visual clues to aid them in finding adequate sources of groundwater.

Before digging is initiated, a hydrologist will use the location of other wells within the vicinity to help them pinpoint where holes should be created. A hydrologist may also consult with a well-drilling contractor. This consultation will assist with finalizing plans for the actual well-drilling process that will take place on your property.

Contact a company like Southwest Groundwater Surveyor / Find Water First Inc for more information. 


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