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Is your well going dry?  There are a few things you can do before drilling a new well. Maybe there is a pump problem. Or...

If you have a shallow dug well and you have less than 1 foot of water or no water, you really don't have too many choices except for waiting for the water table to recover, maintaining a separate water storage tank that you would have water delivered to or drill a new well.

If you have a drilled well that can still recover water, you may have a biofouling problem that is limiting the flow of water in the well.  In this case you may be able to at least temporarily improve this flow and get through the drought.  This is the procedure.  Have potable water delivered to your well.  Before the water is added to the well, add both vinegar to lower the pH of the water then add either a well sanitizer product or preferably sodium hypochlorite (regular clorox) we recommend an NSF approved chlorine.  Circulate this mixture for 30-45 minutes and then add the delivered potable water until it reaches the top of the casing.  This will create a positive pressure on the well.  What this is doing is to effectively forcing the solution back into the water bearing zones in the well.  Hopefully this will begin to remove the biofoul that may be causing your problem.  If you are going to try this, check out our Disinfection and Testing Page or contact BMI for instructions on the proper mix of vinegar and chlorine.

New Regulations For The Water Well Industry In New York!

As of January 1, 2000, anyone obtaining water for economic use  is considered a well driller and must register with the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC).  Anyone who works on a well or well pump, new installations or repairs, is considered a well driller and must be registered.  The DEC has a registration system in place.  You can check that we are registered at www.dec.state.ny.us.  Soon all registered drillers will have to be certified and will carry an identification card.  The New York State Department of Health (DOH) have implemented new standard for water wells as of November 23, 2005. 

What this means to you:  By law your well driller or pump installer must be registered with the State of New York.  Barney Moravec, Inc. is.  Anyone that works on a well (including pump installations) for profit must be registered with DEC.  This law also requires the driller to be adequately insured.  And most importantly, your local code enforcement officer will be aware of these new regulations and has the authority to enforce them.  They can request the registration number of your driller and insurance certificate.  If they do not receive this information, they can stop work on your project or not issue a certificate of occupancy.  They can also request other information about the well that you may have to provide.

The drillers and pump installers at Barney Moravec, Inc. have already taken and passed the certification exams prior to 2003.  We are and always have been fully insured.  Our DEC Registration number is NYRD 10024.  This decal is posted on all of our equipment. 

Things To Consider...

If drilling a water well is a new step for you or even if it's old hat, there are many things that you may not have thought of in planning for your new well or in maintaining your existing well.  Barney Moravec, Inc. tries to be as informative as possible in order for you to make the best decision possible.  Here is a list of things to think about when trying to decide what to do with your situation:

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When you're sick you go to a Doctor.  When you have questions about wells you should contact a water well professional.

Please call us.  There is so much incorrect information out there about wells.  The one fact we want you to remember is, that there is no better source of drinking water than water from a properly constructed wellAdditional information is available on excellent sites for the well owner from the National Well Owners Association at: www.wellowner.org