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How to Save Money with an Irrigation Well

November 7, 2016/in Well Drilling /by jeng

If you’re looking for ways to save money on the high cost of city water, an irrigation well could be the answer. Below are three different situations in which an irrigation well is the smartest choice for your home and your wallet.

Savings for Beachside Communities

In southeastern North Carolina, many people enjoy beautiful houses on the coast. While the benefits of living near the ocean are plentiful—surf, sand, and sun, to name just a few—the wind and sandy soil can dry out your land, turning your lawn brown and making your shrubs and gardens wither. It requires a lot of water to offset this, which can add up quickly—unless you have an irrigation well.

An irrigation well, while more expensive upfront, will usually pay for itself within three years. And the lower water bill you enjoy each month will make the investment worth it! Go ahead, turn on the sprinkler and enjoy a lush, green lawn—you’ve earned it.

Savings for Swimming Pool Owners

A swimming pool in your backyard is the ultimate luxury. No battling for parking spots at the beach, clean and comfortable bathrooms a few feet away, all the snacks and drinks you could want, and endless pool parties all summer long. The only downside of owning a pool? Filling it every year. The average in-ground backyard pool holds between 18,000 and 20,000 gallons of water, and a professional pool water delivery service will cost around $400.

A great way to save money on refilling your swimming pool is using well water. This low-cost option provides clean, all-natural water for your pool every single year at no extra cost. If you own a swimming pool, it’s an option you should definitely consider!

Savings for Large and Small Scale Farms

An irrigation well is a dependable source of water, which is vital to a successful farming operation. Groundwater is the most—nay, the only—truly dependable water source in America.

Irrigation can increase crop yield by 20-65% in an average year depending on what you grow, and it’s incredibly beneficial in times of drought. A good irrigation well can also last for generations, so not only will you reap the rewards of this smart investment, but your children and their children will also sing your praises as they keep their crops healthy and thriving.

Applied Resource Management has the tools, the staff, and the experience to get you the water you need at a price you can afford. If this article has convinced you that an irrigation well is the way to go, contact us today to discuss how you can get started.

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How to Seal an Unused Well

August 19, 2016/in Well Drilling /by jeng

When it comes to well drilling, Applied Resource Management offers both commercial and residential services, which includes many different things, depending on the client’s needs.

One of our services is helping our clients deal with wells they no longer want or need. If you no longer need your well, it’s not as simple as walking away. In order provide long-term protection to the surrounding environment, a well cannot be just filled with cement. Instead, it must be professionally sealed and abandoned.

The Danger of an Abandoned Well

An unused well poses a great threat to groundwater. It provides a direct route for pollutants to reach the underground water supply, and the only way to halt this flow is to properly seal the well. There are also other dangers associated with an unused well—children and small animals could fall into it, accidents can occur when lawn equipment or cars are driven over it, and there can be legal issues at stake if it’s found that your well has contaminated the quality of your neighborhood’s water.

To ensure that your well is sealed properly and effectively, it’s wise to hire a licensed groundwater professional to get the job done, such as the ones who work at Applied Resource Management.

How to Seal a Well

There are many steps to properly sealing a well, and each project will vary slightly based on the unique situation. Below are the basic steps that we take when approaching a project of this kind, which should give you an idea of the complexity of the process.

  1. We begin by contacting the local health department to obtain a water well abandonment permit. We then complete the permit, which includes a description of our methods and the materials and equipment we plan to use. The permit is then submitted to the local health department for approval.
  2. Once the permit has been approved, we can begin the sealing process. The first step is to remove all material from the water well, such as the pump, pipe, pump cylinder, and electric cable.
  3. Next, we measure the depth and diameter of the well and the static water level, which is the distance from the soil surface to the level of non-pumping water in the well. We also check to see if there are any foreign materials at the bottom of the well. If so, we try to remove these before we begin sealing.
  4. Once the well is clean and empty, we disinfect the well, following the guidelines laid out in the North Carolina Well Construction Act and as outlined in the permit that was submitted to and approved by the local health department.
  5. Our last step is to complete a Well Abandonment Record that outlines the work completed, which we submit to the local health department and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. This is the record for your well’s successful sealing, and proves that you—and Applied Resource Management—has completed the process in a safe and legal manner.

We hope this article sheds some light on the process of abandoning a well. If you have an unused well on your property and want to seal it, contact Applied Resource Management today. Together, we’ll make sure the job is “well” done.

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The Benefits of Irrigation Wells

March 7, 2016/in Well Drilling /by jeng

As environmental professionals, Applied Resource Management fields all sorts of questions from our clients. Lately, we’ve received an uptick in interest about irrigation wells. This isn’t too surprising, since irrigation wells are a great choice for your home or business. If you’ve been considering an irrigation well, or if you simply want to learn more about this environmentally-friendly and convenient option, this blog post is for you.

What Is an Irrigation Well?

First things first: an irrigation well uses water from your well to power a variety of systems that distribute non-potable water, such as sprinkler systems, animal waterers, geo systems, and feeding ponds, among others. Some companies use water from a shallower depth, since it won’t be used for human consumption, as a way to cut corners and avoid regulations. At Applied Resource Management, however, we drill into the rock aquifer regardless. This allows us to carry a never-go-dry policy, as shallow wells are prone to failure during drought seasons.

What Are the Benefits of Irrigation Wells?

Irrigation wells have many benefits for all areas of your life, including your home, your wallet, and your environment. Here are just some of the perks you’ll enjoy thanks to an irrigation system:

  • Lower utility bills. Because well water is free, you don’t have to worry about a sky-high water bill in the summer, when your lawn, garden, and outdoor plants need extra water to stay green and healthy. While home owners will often see some savings, for commercial enterprises, such as farms, an irrigation well is practically a necessity. Reliable access to affordable water can make or break an industry, and an irrigation well is one way to ensure that your agricultural business succeeds!
  • Avoid unexpected price hikes. Because you’re using your own water from your own well, you don’t have to worry about blowing your budget on unexpected price surges. Free is free.
  • Healthy, clean water. Well water doesn’t contain chlorine or other chemicals. This is especially good news for those of us with gardens or farms, who prefer to eat organically, or who want to at least know exactly what is in the water they’ll eventually consume. 
  • Groundwater is a renewable resource. Better for your wallet and better for the environment? It sounds too good to be true, but trust us—this is the real deal! 
  • Increase in property value. All the benefits we just listed are great for you, but they’re also wonderful selling points if and when you decide to put your home on the market. This is a great way to rationalize the upfront cost of installing an irrigation well. By spending a little extra now, you’ll reap the benefits for years and years to come. In Pender County, you’ll get your return on investment in one year. In New Hanover County, it will take 1.25 years, and in Onslow County, 1.5 years. 
  • A time saver. Time is our most precious commodity, and if you have a large lawn, an impressive garden, or a farm, then watering it by hand can be anything from annoying to impossible. An irrigation well simplifies the process and can even be set to run by a timer. Instead of thinking about watering your property, you can focus on enjoying it instead!

Ready to Install an Irrigation Well?

If you’ve decided that this is the year you finally install an irrigation well, contact Applied Resource Management. We offer well drilling services from experienced professionals who will ensure your project is held to the highest standards. In the meantime, like us on Facebook for more green living tips and the latest environmental news.

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Why You Can (And Should) Drill a New Well in Winter

February 8, 2016/in Well Drilling /by jeng

At Applied Resource Management, we have been very open about the benefits of owning your own well. It’s not hard to see why—after all, well water is free, reliable, and good for you. That’s why our company offers residential and commercial well drilling for projects of all sizes.

One question we hear often from our customers and clients is whether it is a good idea to drill a well in the winter. The answer to this question is a rousing “Yes!” Ideally, the well will be the very first step of the construction process, while the lot is still vacant. This gives you an opportunity to drill the well without the added pressure of people who need the water immediately. An empty lot also provides more room to move equipment to the most optimal spots.

If your home or building has already been constructed, no worries! Drilling a well is no problem at all—especially with the help of an experienced and knowledgeable crew. In fact, Applied Resource Management often drills wells on pre-built lots, especially in New Hanover County where undeveloped land is becoming more and more rare.

Whether your project is new construction or a remodel, you don’t have to wait until spring to begin drilling your well. Believe it or not, winter is actually an ideal time to tackle this particular project. Here are three reasons why the time to drill is now.

You’ll beat the rush.

Spring, summer, and fall are notoriously busy for construction and environmental companies. While some processes have to wait for warmer weather, drilling a well isn’t one of them. Schedule now and you won’t have to wait weeks to get the job done.

Colder weather means a cleaner site.

While the ground in southeastern North Carolina rarely gets the chance to freeze (a fact we’re pretty happy about) the colder winter weather does offer some benefits. Drilling a well in the winter is often less muddy, less messy, and is a good way to avoid damaging your lawn during the months when you actually want to enjoy it.

Your water will be ready to go.

As soon as the well is drilled and hooked up, water will be immediately accessible. This is a huge bonus for new construction, because you won’t have to haul water to the site, saving you time, energy, and money.

If you have been considering adding a well to your property, or if you’re planning to begin construction on an empty lot this spring, now is the time to drill your well. Contact Applied Resource Management and we’ll get the ball rolling right away.

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Three Benefits of Owning Your Own Well

Are you interested in investing in well water for your home? If so, you’re not alone. People across America are turning to well water for their hydration needs, and with good reason—well water has plenty of benefits for you wallet, your independence, and even your health. If you’re trying to decide if well water is right for you, the following list of three major benefits should help you make an educated choice.

1. Well Water Is Free

After the initial installation of your well, the water you pump from the ground and into your home is free. No monthly bill, no municipal fees, no hidden charges, and no rising costs. In some places, you can even get a state or federal tax credit for having a well installed on your property for ongoing savings.

While free water is a huge benefit, there are a few costs associated with a water well. For example, you’ll have to pay periodic maintenance from a reputable environmental company, such as Applied Resource Management. Depending on the quality of your water, you might also have to invest in a water-softening or filtration system. Overall, however, the well water a cost-effective choice.

2. Well Water Is Reliable

A well can be drilled into the water table anywhere equipment can fit. This means that your well can be close to your home, as opposed to city water, which has to travel miles just to get to your faucet. Not only does traveling that far cost money, it also relies on the city’s infrastructure. With well water, you won’t have to worry about interruptions in service that are outside of your control, such a burst water main across town. Your water, and access to it, belongs entirely to you.

3. Well Water Is Good For You

Some people assume well water isn’t filtered to the same standards as city water, but in reality the opposite is true. Well water is filtered naturally, providing the health benefits of water without the chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals that are commonly found in city water. And, while this may be an issue of personal preference, most people will agree: well water tastes better and is more refreshing, thanks to the fact that it’s truly all natural.

With a little planning and regular maintenance from a team or professionals such as Applied Resource Management, free, reliable, healthy water can be yours. Contact us today to learn more!