What is a Well in Tieton

Water Wells 101: what you need to know


Groundwater is almost everywhere, supplying drinking water for over 50% of the United States and is an important component in many industrial processes. Groundwater is a source of recharge for lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The water table may be deep or shallow; may rise or fall depending on many factors such as; heavy rains or melting snow and heavy pumping of groundwater.

A Well is a pipe in the ground that fills with groundwater. This water can be brought to the surface by a pump. Shallow wells may go dry if the water table falls below the bottom of the well. Some wells, called artesian wells, do not need a pump because of natural pressures that force the water up and out of the well.

Saturated Zone is the area where water fills the aquifer, whereas the top of this zone is called the Water Table. The water table may be located only a foot below the ground’s surface or it can sit hundreds of feet down.

Aquifers are usually made of gravel, sand, sandstone, or fractured rock, like basalt. Water can move through these materials because they have large connected spaces that make them permeable. Water in aquifers can be brought to the surface naturally through a spring.

Groundwater Flow depends on the size of spaces that are between the soil and rock and how they are connected, which can be extracted through a well drilled into the aquifer and pumped out.


Time Needed To Drill A Well

Well Diagram

Well Diagram

Well drilling completion times vary from a half day to three days or longer.  Drilling time is affected by many factors including time to set up, difficult drilling formations and weather. All of these factors vary from site to site and well to well.  These are also factors that we have no control over.  In addition, the time it takes to develop each well is different.  Because of these variables there is no way for us to give a fixed time for well completion.

Space Required To Drill My Well


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Imagine a 30ft truck that is 8ft wide and is towing a 30ft boat that is 8ft wide, the well is drilled where the trailer hitch would be.  Additional room is required on both sides of the rig and water truck for the access and for the drilling process.

Benefits Of A Geothermal Well

Geothermal Well

geothermalGeothermal Wells are the future of home comfort. Conventional cooling and heating systems are costly and environmentally unsound. If the monthly savings don’t convince you, consider this:

According to the EPA, Geothermal Wells operate with 75% greater efficiency than oil furnaces, 48% greater efficiency than gas furnaces and 40% greater efficiency than air source heat pumps.  Some local utilities offer incentives for those who install a geothermal system. Federal tax credits are also available. Save the planet, save some money, with a geothermal well, you can’t lose.

We can install geothermal wells for heat pumps that use the earths heat to heat and cool your home. Here is how it works.

In a closed loop system, a series of pipes called a loop is installed in the ground. A water solution is then circulated through the pipes and is heated from the earths heat and transferred back into your home through your ventilation. In the summer months the heat is extracted from your home into the pipes and then transferred to the ground. It can also be used to heat water.

Open loop systems operate on the same principle as closed loop systems but rather than a series of loops, two wells are installed(supply and return). From the supply well, water is pumped from an aquifer, then circulated through the heat pump to cool or heat your home. The water is returned to the same aquifer via the return well. Wells from open loop systems can also be used for irrigation and/or domestic use.

Apple Valley Well Drilling is certified by IGSHPA in socket fusion and vertical loop installations. We perform a full range of geothermal well drilling and pump installations.

We hope that you enjoyed “Benefits of A Geothermal Well”. If you have additional questions about a new or existing well than please call our office for immediate assistance.

Irrigation Wells are a Great Return on Investment

Irrigation Wells can solve your troubles and save you money.

  • Looking for a way to keep lawns and gardens watered without breaking the bank?
  • Heard about irrigation wells or sprinkler system wells and wondering if they are right for you?
  • Want to Save Money on Rising Water Costs?

When we install an irrigation well, we will tie into your existing irrigation system, so there is no need to purchase additional equipment. We simply remove the city water supply from the irrigation system and bring in the supply from the irrigation well.

The Benefits of Installing

City water supply have been hard hit by droughts in the past few years. Almost everyone has been put on restrictions for using city water supply for watering lawns and gardens, or for using water outdoors. Even our indoor usage can now cost more and more with additional fees for what officials deem as excessive use.  By installing a sprinkler system well, you can stop using city water for your lawns and landscaping, cutting that usage from your bill and reducing your costs.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Lower Water Costs
  • No unexpected rate increases
  • Clean Water no chlorine or other treatment chemicals
  • Good for the Environment, Groundwater is a renewable resource
  • Increases property value
What is involved in installing an Irrigation Well

If you decide that you would like to have an irrigation well installed on your property  we first take a look at the area to see the types of wells that can be installed and take a look at our well records to see if there are neighboring wells in the area. Then we come out and do a site inspection to determine the best placement for a well.  At that time we will cover with you the equipment that we will need to bring in to drill the well.

We are very careful when bringing equipment on to your property and take care in making sure that landscaping and lawns are disturbed as little as possible.

We hope that you enjoyed why “Irrigation Wells are a Great Return on Investment”. If you have additional questions about your new or existing irrigation well than please call our office for immediate assistance.

Gary Visits Friend After Home Fire

42737931EGary Lydin, left, came to see Werner Woelk about the fire that destroyed Woelk’s home for over 40 years that overlooks north Selah, Wash., on July 9, 2012. Woelk, said he returned to his home the night of June 8th finding it engulfed in flames and his wife of 58 years missing. He found her safe about two hours later at a neighbors home.


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