Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can have water wells?

A. Every household in Alberta has the right to a household use well up to 330 thousand gallons a year.

Q. Can I have a water well on my acreage, even if the subdivision says cistern only?

A. In most cases yes, we may have to do some extra testing on the new well. The reason usually is because the developer did not want to spend the money to test the subdivision for water wells.

Q. How long will my well last?

A. A very long time with today's method and materials. The well should last for up to 100 years, the casing is now PVC and the water replaces itself in the aquifer continuously.

Q. How much work is it to maintain water wells?

A. Very little, just a water test annually and shock chlorination if necessary.

Q. How safe is ground water?

A. Ground water has always been the first choice for a safer and cleaner water source. Surface water such as rivers and dugouts; require much more cleaning and chlorinating for parasites. A water well is sealed and you cannot introduce bacteria as easily as you can with a cistern.

Q. Which well drilling company do I hire?

A. One that has a proven track record in your area and also have been in business a long time. Make sure they have a safety program, insurance and compensation coverage for their employees.

Q. Who governs and controls the quality control of water well drilling?

A. We are licensed by Alberta Environment and our drillers and technicians are trained under the apprenticeship program.

Q. What services does Summers Drilling provide after my well is completed?

A. We provide any services related to water wells, cisterns and pumps.

Q. What do I do if my water quits?

A. Turn off the breaker and call us, we will send out a service technician.

Q. What is air drilling?

A. Air drilling is just what it says. We drill using a large compressor to clean out the borehole. This is the cleanest and preferred method to drill water wells.