Witching for well water
So, Preston and I had no idea that when it came to digging a well it was a gamble. I just assumed if you dug deep enough there would be water there… apparently that’s not the case. And, it’s really not the case in our cul-de-sac. Dang.
I was told by two common well drilling companies that our cul-de-sac (is that even how that’s spelled?) is the worse in the neighborhood. We could try and drill, but we they weren’t guaranteeing anything. If we did try this and they didn’t hit water we would still have to pay around $2000. Hmmm, was I that big of a gambler?
Funny thing is, I thought I was. I thought, sure, why not? I told him to come on over and give it a shot. I was nervous for the whole week leading up to the well.
Friday I got home from work and I saw a paperbag over a pipe in the yard and I thought, hmm, this is either good or bad, but I’m leaning toward bad. Finally around 7:20 PM I decided to call and find out.
My instincts were correct. The well only pumped 2 gallons a minute. Not good. You want at least 12 gallons a minute and that’s not even that great, but it’s doable. Lucky for us Weninger Drilling was super nice. I’d talked to the guy like 5 times before he actually came out to drill, so we were pretty comfortable with each other.
He told me he would walk away right now and I would only have to pay $300. And he wouldn’t ask any questions. He said he’d be losing money that way, and really, he was right, he had to pull a permit for $150 and then it cost him $4 a foot to drill.
Or, he said, “we can try to drill another well on the other side of the yard.” He was really optimistic, he said “we hit fine sand at 37 feet, that’s awesome, we thought we found water. We dug 100 ft down and, well, we really didn’t.”
Then he explained the whole process to me. Most of which I had no idea what he was talking about. Here’s the short of it: hitting fine sand is good. However, you don’t want sand in your well, that’s bad. Something about shale, I think that’s good. He said if I wanted to, he would go to the very back of the yard where it’s a little lower and he would drill again. But, this time, it would be around $1700 for drilling if they tried again and didn’t hit. I understand, he has to pay for costs and his employees doing the work.
He said if we did drill again, he would eat the cost of the first well. Which is AWESOME. He told me when I called in the first time, “one of the very first wells we dug was in your neighbor’s yard, we dug two wells and didn’t charge her for the first because it didn’t hit water. Since we have experience in this neighborhood, we don’t just dig them for free anymore if we don’t it.”
I didn’t even mention that he didn’t charge us for the moving of the dirt (shale?). It did just have to be put in the empty lot 7 feet away, but still, someone had to wheelbarrow it over there, dump it and get more. Like 12 loads more, in 97º humid weather.
So, as of right now, I told him, “yes, come back and try again.” Now I keep wondering if we should pay for a witcher to witch for water. I’ve looked it up and it seems to be just an old folklore. Some people really believe in them, other’s not so much. After my google research I’m leaning toward no for the witcher, seems like a bit of a hoax — but any one of you could change my mind. Should I or should I not witch?