Friday, December 7, 2012

Southwest Groundwater Surveyor

Locate groundwater with scientifically with Southwest Groundwater Surveyor.  Let us help you find the best well location, depth to water and estimate the yield.

Never drill a dry well!

To book your groundwater survey contact us at...  -or-
Phone: 800-394-6207

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Well drilling Report in Johnson Valley, CA

Southwest Groundwater Surveyors have just received a report regarding a survey conducted in Johnson Valley, CA.  Solomon Drilling of Lucerne Valley, CA has just finished drilling and developing a well at the site where our report stated the following...

 "The data indicates the base of the aquifer is 475 feet BGS. (below ground surface)  The estimated yield is Category B. (2-6 GPM - gallons per minute). There is also an indication of a second second deeper aquifer with a base of 830 feet BGS.  The estimated yield is Category B. (2-6 GPM)."

Solomon reported drilling to a depth of 650 feet BGS and stopped within the depth range of the combined aquifers.  The well has been pump tested at 10 GPM.

Finding Well Water In New Mexico, California, Arizona.

After returning from finding well water in New Mexico, Southwest Groundwater Surveyors have been helping with well drilling in Southern California. We have been working closely with two well drilling companies In the high desert, and have successfully completed our schedule for California. Next we will be heading out to find well water in Arizona for clients including an 800 acre cattle ranch.  

Never Drill a Dry Well!

If you would like to schedule a groundwater survey, Please contact us.
Phone: 800-394-6207

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Drilling a well in Arizona

If you are considering drilling a well in Arizona, consider having your groundwater surveyed by Southwest Groundwater Surveyors.  Don't risk paying one cent drilling a dry hole.  Southwest Groundwater Surveyors find well water before you drill, eliminating the guesswork.  We will find the optimum drill site and estimate depth to drill (to the base of the aquifer) and estimate the aquifers yield.  Never drill a dry well.  Call Southwest Groundwater Surveyors at 800-394-6207  or visit our website at 

Never Drill a Dry Well!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Locating Well Water In Southern California

For the past three week Southwest Groundwater Surveyors have been conducting groundwater investigation services in Southern California with mixed success.  Locating well water in Southern California can be challenging and at times down right frustrating.  It is difficult to find out any information about surrounding wells unless you are the property owner,  because in California well information is not public information. (as in other states)  And in many areas there are more dry holes drill than successful ones.  That is why it is so important to have Southwest Groundwater Surveyors find well water for you, before rolling the dice and drilling blindly

Never drill a dry well!

To book your groundwater survey contact us at...  
Phone: 800-394-6207


An aquifer is a water saturated permeable geologic layer, or fracture zone, that is able to transmit significant quantities of water.  A geologic layer that cannot transmit significant quantities of water is usually referred to as an aquiclude.  An aquitard is a rock unit that generally has a low permeability and hence will transmit only very limited quantities of water and are generally not suitable for production wells.  The terms Aquifer or aquitards can be used to define most geologic strata.  The most common aquifers include permeable sedimentary rocks such as sandstones, limestone’s, sand and gravel layers, and highly fractured volcanic and crystalline rocks.  Common aquitards are un-fractured shale’s, clays and dense (un-fractured) crystalline rocks.

Sedimentary aquifers form layers and usually have a large lateral extent, whereas aquifers in fracture zones in igneous and crystalline rocks may have a very limited lateral extent. When searching for water using any geophysical method, including the Electro seismic method, the type of aquifer that may be present should be considered, both when planning a survey and especially when considering drilling.

  • Confined—An aquifer overlain by one or more layers of impermeable rock or soil that restrict water to within the aquifer. The water is confined under pressure. Drilling a well into a confined aquifer releases that pressure and causes the water to rise in the well. These wells are sometimes called artesian wells.
  • Unconfined—An aquifer that is not overlain by a layer of impermeable rock or soil. Water in a well will naturally stay at the level of the water table. As water is removed from the well, the water table at that place is lowered, causing the surrounding ground water to flow toward the well.

Southwest Groundwater Surveyor
Serving Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ideal Conditions for a Groundwater Survey Prior to Well Drilling

Having a reasonable expectation of finding well water prior to drilling a well is a great benefit for the prospective well owner.  Southwest Groundwater Surveyor uses the Electroseismic method for locating the optimal  well drilling location.

   Briefly, the Electro seismic method, sometimes called Electro Kinetic Surveys (EKS) makes use of a phenomenon, known since the 1950’s, whereby an electrical signal is produced when a seismic wave encounters water within rock pores, such as is the case for an aquifer.  Although the basic Physics of the method has been understood for many years, and numerous field demonstrations have been completed showing the feasibility of the method, it was not until 1996, when a company called Groundflow Ltd. developed and patented very specific electronics and associated techniques required to measure and interpret the EKS signal, making the method more practical.  Using these techniques the EKS signal is recorded using a data recording geometry that significantly minimizes naturally occurring electrical noise.  Groundflow Ltd developed the instrumentation to both record this signal and to process the data, allowing the existence of groundwater, if present, to be inferred along with estimates of its depth and the yield of the aquifer.

Accuracy of interpretation can sometimes be increased if a local well is available whose aquifer depth (top and bottom) and yield are known.  In this case a sounding can be conducted close to the well allowing us to “calibrate” the sound velocities and acoustic attenuation for the particular underlying rock matrix.
The ideal conditions required to effectively collect sufficient data for an accurate survey are as follows:

1. Access to desired survey location by 4 wheel drive vehicle.2. Survey area must be at least 50 feet away from any underground power.3. Surveyors must be able to install 3 ft. long electrodes into the soft ground with minimal rock interference. 

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Find Well Water in Arizona, New Mexico or Utah

Southwest Groundwater Surveyor is the First step in well development.  If you need to find well water in Arizona, New Mexico or Utah contact us at  You can also visit our web site for information about a groundwater survey at  and
Our new web site is now up and running.  Please visit us at or and let us know if you like the new look.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Last Winter Southwest Groundwater Surveyors was hired to find a good well site by the Johnson Valley Improvement Association in Johnson Valley, CA (a very arid desert region of Southern California). After conducting ten Electro-Seismic tests we determined that the best well water location would yield at least 10 Gallons per minute. The well was drilled by Solomon Drilling of Lucerne Valley CA. We are proud to announce that the Johnson Valley Improvement Center now has all the water they need and the well is yielding in excess of 10 GPM

Finding water in New Mexico, Arizona, California

We have been working hard this spring on projects in Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California locating well water sites. We are happy to report successes at a commercial farm in New Mexico where we found several drill site of over 500 GPM. A 40,000 acre cattle ranch near Tucumcari New Mexico where a good groundwater source was located in an area where many wells had gone dry.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sometimes our water finding travels take us to some interesting places. We will be posting a few pictures of our jobs,
and our travels from time to time please visit often to see our most recent posts.