WorldWide Drilling Resource

YOUR AD COULD BE HERE AND SEEN BY THOUSANDS ALL YEAR! 33 DECEMBER 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® RENEW - SUBSCRIBE NOW! A Long-Hidden Resource in Peril Compiled the Editorial Staff of WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Charles Bowden’s Killing the Hidden Waters , published in 1977, examines the Southwestern U.S. from the angle o f mining vital water resources and wha t this has meant for the people and th e land. He attemped to inform people abou t the costs and limits of using groundwater . Even now, nearly half a century later, thi s is a timely message, especially in th e same region where ancient aquifers ar e being depleted at an alarming rate. Som e of these aquifers hold in their vast under- ground reservoir, a special kind of wate r known as fossil water. Fossil water, also called paleowater , is found in an underground water aquife r geologically located in an undisturbe d place. This water, which likely came fro m melting ice sheets, ancient lake systems , and a generally wetter climate tens t o hundreds or thousands of years ago , percolated into porous rocks, which wer e then buried under deep layers of sedi - ment and sealed off from the surface . Fossil water has been locked in th e aquifer for thousands of years. Becaus e hydrologic conditions at the time of fossi l water’s creation were quite different fro m those currently replenishing groundwater , this resource is considered nonrenewable . Fossil aquifers yield water for con - sumption, agriculture, and industry. Wit h their discovery in the second half of th e 20th century, this ancient source of wate r was tapped into by drilling wells to trans- form sunny dry places into acres of gree n farmland. Some fossil water lies close r to the surface, but most of it is pumpe d from deep wells, around 800 feet deep . How the mixing of ancient and moder n water occurs in these deep wells is stil l unclear and a subject for further study. For people living in arid or semiarid regions, these aquifers have been the single most important source of water, but if precipitation is low, the aquifers receive little to no recharge. New studies suggest many fossil aquifers may become depleted this century . WTR Empire State Water Well Drillers Association Annual Meeting January 18 - 19, 2022 For more information, visit us online: Turning Stone Resort Casino Verona, NY For Hotel Reservations: 800-771-7711 January 18 th 9 am - 4:30 pm Board Meeting Variety of Classes (TBD) 4:30 - 7:30 pm Cocktail Party & Trade Show January 19 th 9 am - noon General Membership Meeting Hidden Resource continued on page 34