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    Napa Earthquake, and Rising Ground Water

    If you do not live in California, we are in the worst drought on record. In my neighborhood alone, 13 home (that I know of) have had to add more down pipe, or have a new well dug, to the new target depth of 350 feet. The old depth being around 200 feet. Now this morning i understand that this recent 6.0 earthquake in Napa Valley CA, has released water from the deep depths of the earth, and has recharged their current well static water levels? This is a new one on me, but it makes perfect sense, and reminds me of "fracking" in the oil fields. I live about 60 miles from the latest quake, and did not feel a thing, so I'm now rooting for one! I just wonder how many of you old timer well drillers have known of this for year's, and have a shortcut called dynomite!lol

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    I don't know how that could happen Wayne, but I wish it would happen here, we need the work. The only time we get jobs like that is when it gets real cold and the Strawberry Farmers start watering in their crop to keep them from freezing. They ice them over and that keeps them at a constant 32 which makes it possible to still harvest them after the ice melts. This naturally lowers the water table and the closer to the farmer, the lower the water level. It also burns up pumps that run dry, so that's a good lick. I know it sounds like we take advantage of other peoples bad times, but just think of Doctors, Lawyers, Mechanics. I could go on...

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    quote:Originally posted by speedbump

    I know it sounds like we take advantage of other peoples bad times, but just think of Doctors, Lawyers, Mechanics. I could go on...
    Bob, I in NO way meant to insinuate well people take advantage of anyone at any time, so sorry if you read that into it. We have good, fair, well drillers in my area, that live amoung us, and actually know what they are doing. It was just a thought on the dynomite thing, and after googleing it, i see it was not uncommon to do in the past.

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    NO, I didn't mean anything like that. I just meant, we could use a shot in the arm now and then. Work has been slow around here.
    I have used Dynamite though. It's pretty cool to play with.

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    I've used dynamite quite a lot in my business we had a side company. That drilled and blasted for the Quarries and Mines. Only used it once to "Frack" a water well. In the oil fields however it was used for anything from Fracking to unscrewing drill pipe.
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    Every now and then we could get on a big rock, and dynamite was the method of choice to try and knock that rock into pieces so we could get casing past it. It worked most of the time.

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