With nearly 13 million U.S. households relying on private wells for their drinking water, many more wells are drilled annually. And one of the biggest concerns with water wells is avoiding contamination. Fortunately, if a well is constructed correctly, and drilling equipment has proper pipe protection, contamination is easy to avoid. Below, are a few factors that operators should consider when designing and constructing wells in order to prevent contamination.
Pick Your Well Location Wisely
Firstly, companies must choose their well location carefully. They should base those choices on where the well would be in relation to groundwater flow and also surface drainage. Site engineers will ideally choose locations that are uphill from potential contamination sources, like industrial plants, landfills, and even farms. This is always the first step to preventing well-water contamination.
Have a Well-Thought-Out Well Design & Construction Plan
Certain design features, like pump chamber casings, screens, seals, and filter packs, also play a crucial role in preventing contamination. For example, a poor well-design can cause groundwater contamination all too easily. Yet, when the well construction is designed correctly, drillers can easily and safely conduct water filtration. Poor construction can ultimately lead to contamination. When drillers utilize the wrong kinds of pipe, for instance, or when they don’t properly seal cracks, water can become contaminated.
Invest in Quality Casing and Pipe Protection
The actual tubing and casing that operators use in the construction of the well can prevent contamination as well. In fact, casing lines the well and keeps it from caving in, which, in turn, prevents contaminants from entering the water. Pipe protection products can also play a major role in ensuring sufficient well construction and in preventing water contamination. Well-water operations need pipe protection in two major areas:
1. Protection for the drill pipe threads and pipe connections
2. And protection for the pipelines
In order for operators to best utilize drill pipe, they need drill pipe protectors to maintain the integrity of the threads. At the same time, when they use tubular connections, each end should be able to fit perfectly to ensure proper drilling.
All of these factors play a key role in helping to prevent water contamination in wells. At MSI, we understand your company concerns and are ready to provide quality solutions when it comes to pipe protection. Let us help you deliver in your industry. For orders and more information, call us toll-free at 1-877-276-9208.