Drill: Artesian Wells

60 GPM Artesian Well in Aspen Springs

The well doesn’t need a pump in it. This well produces 60 Gallons Per Minute at 50 PSI. Also, we sealed between the formations deep inside of the 600′ well so that the salty shale water does not co-mingle with the good sand stone water. This was our first Isolation Zone well. This well was drilled in Aspen Springs for a couple who had spent $20,000 on water treatment in ten years and was going to have to replace their equipment for another $10,000.  A one time cost for an artesian well, no pump cost or replacement, no electricity cost – ever!

Old Hot Water Artesian Well This is an old hot water artesian well in downtown Pagosa Springs that will soon require some attention. The aggressive water that eats up the metal casing has us exploring the possibility of using CPVC pipe in either new or retrofit applications. CPVC pipe is rated for the high water temperatures and will not corrode.

Artesian Well Flowing

This is a 910′ well we drilled near Mancus. We built the well below ground level with a 5′ diameter culvert and lid, cement floor and 2″ drain pipe. This well produces 3.5 GPM that flows out at the well head, as you can see. The client also had us install a pump in the well. You can see our unique way of getting the wiring through the well head with an epoxy filled nipple. Well Built – Well Done!

Artesian Water From 600′ Deep

Here you can see a high volume artesian well producing water from around 600 feet. If you listen to the video, you’ll hear me say that this water is coming from 550′ deep. I also say that the water flow is about 50 GPM. This well is 610′ deep and when we measured the flow, it was actually – exactly – 100 GPM. THIS is why on our contracts we state that any verbal comments made on-site regarding flow or anything are to be regarded as field comments and that the true tested data will appear on your invoice and well construction report. Also, notice the diverter flanges. We bolt flange plates on the diverter to control (shut off) the flow of water while we build the pit after the well is drilled. Then the diverter unbolts from the flange that we have already welded  several feet deep in the ground to the well casing. Lotsa work, but this is the best way to build these wells.

Methane Gas

The gas bubbling up in the water from this artesian well is methane. Scary stuff. You can’t smell it, but it will sure catch fire. Ask Rico . . .

Competitor's Well Head

This is an fairly recent artesian well head installed by one of our competitors here in Aspen Springs. How does that water line not freeze?  The water line is aquapex pipe. It is not rated for being in the sun light. This well actually had a leak spraying a fine mist of water through the well casing. THIS is why we build each of our artesian well heads underground in a custom built pit.

Machine Shop 3

This drill bit is a 7 7/8″ diamond tipped PDC drill bit that costs $9,000.00 new. For several years, we didn’t understand why one of our competitors never really drilled deep enough in the sandstone formation where there is bunches of water. When we started drilling those deep wells we found out that drilling with an air hammer was fast and powerful until we hit the high volume water. Then the air hammer ‘floated’ and wouldn’t fire the piston that hits the top of the bit in the air hammer. So then we drilled with a long tooth carbide roller cone bit that drilled well though the shale, but then the hard sandstone would demolish the carbide bits as we drilled deep into the sandstone. So we had to drill with two different roller cone bits that meant that we had to trip out all of the drill pipe and trip back in to drill with a bit that would drill the sandstone but would drill the shale very well. It took a lot of time to do this. Then we tried this bit. It cuts wonderfully though the shale and the sandstone doesn’t even wear it out . . . I told my wife that when we got married that I would spoil her with diamonds. Somehow, she is not very impressed with these diamonds and says that they don’t count!

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