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30 JULY 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® n Trade Show n Seminars n Awards Luncheon n Continuing Education n Scholarship Auction n Spouse Activities n 9-Pin Bowling n Business Meetings Texas Ground Water Association 2021 Annual Convention August 1-4 San Marcos Conference Center For more information - E-mail: Call: 512-472-7437 Or visit: New Date! Environmental Monitoring by Thomas Kwader, Ph.D., P.G. Owner, Qwater Well Developer and WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Hydrogeologist Advantages of Private Domestic Wells I am sure that as a drilling professional you have been asked by potential customers, “Should I hook- up to the local water system or drill my own private well?”. Assuming the potential customer has a choice, the following advantages of private wells should be pointed out: 1) Cost Comparison - The initial cost of the well will most likely be more; however, the long-term cost should be much less, especially if the well will be heavily used for irrigation and other high-volume uses. 2) Long-Term Value - A private well should be an asset when selling the house in the future since there would not be a monthly water bill. 3) Expanded Uses - Properly installed wells can be expanded to include fire protection, lawn and garden irrigation, and water supply for animals, as well as livestock. 4) Stable Costs - No increased cost in water bills or surcharges during “peak” water use periods. 5) Lower Environmental Impact - Individual wells have a lower impact on the regional groundwater resources than large wells or well fields pumping thousands of gallons per minute. 6) Availability - Community water systems are not readily available in many rural areas, so a private well may be the only option. Fortunately, groundwater is readily available in most geographic areas where people choose to reside. For more information on local groundwater availability, contact the U.S. Geological Survey, the local water management agency, or county health department. Some municipalities are passing rules to prohibit the drilling of private wells. Watch for next month’s article which will address my thoughts on the movement to force homeowners to connect to large-scale water systems. Tom Tom Kwader may be contacted via e-mail to ENV