Dig Well Drilling is licensed, bonded & insured to drill in Oregon and Idaho. We understand that drilling a well can be very expensive. We can help cut these costs by using seismo-electric technology that allows us to survey your property before drilling your well. With this equipment and the knowledge that we have we can greatly lower the risk of drilling a dry well. Our *RISK-FREE GUARANTEE is for our customers that use our water locating services in conjunction with our drilling services. When these services are used together we will guarantee the site that we recommend for a well or the cost of drilling is on us! Let us help you locate the water you need and drill the well you want!
We Provide Services to Eastern Oregon & Western Idaho
Cities we service but are not limited to:
- John Day
- New Meadows
- & Surrounding Cities
Tips on how to choose a well site:
Contamination sources are the most important thing to keep in mind for any new well. You must locate all potential contamination sources on or near your property. These include, but aren't limited to:
- Septic tanks and septic leach fields.
- Stockyards and livestock barns.
- Petroleum tanks and other chemical tanks, both above ground and below ground.
- Fertilizer storage and/or application sites (croplands).
- Manure stacks or effluent pools.
- Saltwater intrusion from the coast.
- Any streams, rivers, or lakes that have flooded any part of your property in the last 100 years.
- Natural deposits of metals/minerals (like arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium, or fluoride).
- Call your county health officer for a list of contamination sources relevant to your area.
Find out the local rules for the minimum safe distance from the contamination sources that you've found. State/county websites are a good source of information, as is your county health office (find Oregon's here and Idaho's here). Most places have several layers of regulation, so it's important to check with the most local regulating body to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and guidelines.
Locate all the areas on your property that meet or exceed the recommended distances from nearby contamination sources. Remember that further is better.
Locate the highest ground within the acceptable area, as this is usually the safest spot to construct a well. Groundwater flows downhill and towards discharge locations (rivers and lakes), so choose a spot where the groundwater is probably not flowing from a contamination source (ranch, farm, sinkhole, landfill, neighbor's septic system).
Always build the well first. Whatever projects you are planning, you should always build your well beforehand. Wells are one of the most difficult things to find a location for and it may pose a problem if you accidentally use up or ruin all the best well sites with other projects, like houses and septic systems. Also, if a property needs a well, but can't support one, you'll lose a lot less money on the venture if you haven't already built the house.
- Private wells are not federally regulated, but are typically governed by state, county, and/or municipal authorities. As a starting point, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all drinking water wells be located at least: 50 feet (15.2 m) from any septic tanks, septic leach fields, livestock yards or silos.
- 100 feet (30.5 m) from any petroleum/chemical tanks, contained manure storage, or fertilizer storage/handling sites (like crop fields).
- 250 feet (76.2 m) from any manure stacks.
- Most local regulations exceed these guidelines, so it is important to check with local authorities.
- If there is a confined aquifer beneath the unconfined aquifer (water table), find out if you can afford a well deep enough to tap the confined aquifer, which is usually a safer water source. Any artesian wells/springs near your property are a very good sign.
- Even if there isn't an accessible confined aquifer, deeper is almost always better, and you should talk with the drilling company about your options.
- Consider also installing a filtration system in your home that is certified for contaminants common to your area.
Remember to apply for your water rights in Oregon or Idaho. Once you have the water right we will apply for the permit to drill.
*Our RISK FREE GUARANTEE is for our combined services of water location (surveying) and well drilling. After Dig Well Drilling has completed a survey and has recommended a site for drilling (and drilling is done within 90 days of the survey) we will guarantee water to be present or the cost of drilling is free! We cannot guarantee quality of water. Dig Well Drilling cannot recommend drilling in an area with an interpreted yield of less than 6gpm due to factors in the drilling process that can at times significantly, and detrimentally affect the final yield of a low yield aquifer. Non-recommended yields have the possibility of being as low as 0.0gpm. Since the aquifer conditions may be changing with time, it is possible that these changes could adversely affect its yield. It is because of this possibility that Dig Well Drilling suggests that if the client chooses to drill a well at any of the locations that Dig Well Drilling surveyed; the well should be drilled within 90 days of the survey completion date. If the client is using the combined services of water locating and drilling from Dig Well Drilling and the client chooses to drill at a site that has an interpreted yield of less than 6gpm, Dig Well Drilling cannot guarantee water to be present and cannot guarantee the cost of drilling. Dig Well Drilling does not provide drilling services outside of the 150mile radius from our business location in Nyssa, Oregon (except in certain cases, please contact us if you are close to the 150mile range and want our RISK-FREE GUARANTEE).