“WellJet® was so good, we are mandating it on all of our new wells.”

Although recent California winters have been wetter than usual, the default condition of the state is one of water scarcity – due to geography, climate, and a burgeoning human population.  85% of Californians depend on groundwater for at least some of their water needs.  For residents in a particular Water District south of Santa Cruz, that figure is 100%. It’s vital that the District’s groundwater wells perform at peak efficiency, to control costs in this challenging economic environment, and, as responsible public servants, to shrink the carbon footprint and energy consumption of groundwater production. To continue providing safe, reliable water to its 40,000 customers, the District elected to have a new well drilled.  A highly respected southwest hydrogeology firm provided the well design, and consulting services throughout the construction and development process.  An experienced drilling contractor with 30 rigs and 70 employees won the … [Read more...]


On July 4, 1776 - 248 years ago - American patriots chose to declare their independence from their Mother Country of England, the greatest military power in the world.  Five terrible years of war followed, before the new nation was established. The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence paid a heavy price for their courage.  Some died in the conflict, others lost their fortunes and property.  But their vision, determination and sacrifice gave birth to the freest and most prosperous society in human history. Two and a half centuries later, we are the inheritors of this blessed legacy.  We should remember the leadership of our Founding Fathers, and honor their memory by striving to leave to our children this country even better off than when we found it. When it comes to our use of precious groundwater supplies, one way in which we can declare our independence from unproductive and inefficient wells is to maximize their … [Read more...]


Water is essential for human survival.  Throughout history, civilization has flourished where water is plentiful – and been challenged where it is scarce.  In the early centuries of the Christian Era, the Romans mastered large-scale water engineering through its aqueduct systems – knowledge which, after the Fall of Rome – was then lost for more than a thousand years.  In modern times, moving water where people are or want to be is practiced worldwide.  And no state in these United States of America moves more water than California – which manages about 40 million acre-feet annually.  In an average year, 200 million acre-feet of water fall on California in the forms of rain and snow (per California Water Watch).  About 50% of this H2O, roughly 100 million acre-feet, is utilized.  About half of that, 40-50 million acre-feet, is designated for “environmental use” [as stated by the Public Policy Institute:  protected wild and … [Read more...]

WellJet® tool test in the field

The WellJet® tool is always tested in the field prior to going downhole, to ensure proper settings and operation. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/iwim7ESqURE   … [Read more...]

The Dream of Martin Luther King

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  Dr. King included those words during his stirring address to hundreds of thousands of Americans from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 – a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  More than 60 years ago. Many of the specific ills Dr. King noted during that speech – blacks unable to buy homes in white neighborhoods, “whites only” signs in shops and businesses, blacks not allowed to vote in Mississippi – no longer exist in America and haven’t for generations. But has our great nation truly fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?  Is everyone truly judged by the content of his character?  Or are we still discriminating, in practice if not in law?  Are we judging individuals as individuals, or according to some real or perceived … [Read more...]

California’s Water Future

Is California's water future bleak and doom-laden?  Certainly not! But changes do need to be made. See this editorial on California's Water Future, as published on Waterwrights.net. https://waterwrights.net/californias-water-future-january-4-2024/ Thank you! … [Read more...]