Well Abandonments

Most of the focus in our industry is put on drilling new wells, but properly decommissioning existing wells is crucial to the safety of residents and the preservation of groundwater resources.   In New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulates the decommissioning, or abandonment, of wells.  This includes wells such as residential supply, hand dug, well points, and monitoring wells.

Here are some important things to consider when decommissioning your well:

  • Records – A NJDEP-approved well record must be obtained prior to decommissioning.  If you do not have a copy you, or your driller, can request one from the state.
  • Non-recorded wells – There are some instances where the state does a well record.  This may be because the well is very old or the driller did not file the paperwork.  In these instances, the driller must collect measurements on the total depth, casing depth, and well diameter and submit to the state with a request for authorization.  The state then provides authorization to the driller to close the well.
  • License – All work must be performed under direct on-site supervision of licensed well driller (of proper class).  This applies to hand dug and well point systems.
  • Process – Typically the driller mobilizes to the well location, removes any pumping equipment, ensures it is otherwise clear of any obstructions, and fills with a cement grout mixture.
  • Reporting – After work is completed the licensed driller will submit a Decommissioning Reports to the NJDEP for approval.

Here are a few examples of well abandonment projects we have recently completed.

  • Monitoring Wells – 24 MWs were abandoned prior to planned remedial excavation utilizing union labor.
  • Industrial – Two large production wells with 300+ gpm capacity were abandoned.  Pumps were removed from each prior to filling.
  • Hand dug – A licensed driller was provided to guide and oversee the decommissioning of a hand dug well after HRS drilled a replacement well at the property.
  • Residential – Authorization was requested and obtained to decommission a non-recorded well after we drilled a replacement.  The well characteristics were measured and submitted to the state along with a proposal for abandonment.  Once authorization was obtained the work proceeded with pump removal and pressure tremie grouting.

As you can see we abandon wells of all classes and sizes.  If you need more information on well decommissioning please do not hesitate to contact us.

HRS Drilling is a leading drilling contractor providing environmental investigation, water well drillingdewatering and geothermal services to the Greater New York and New Jersey area.  For more information contact us or call us at 973-347-2250.

NJ Faces Worst Drought Since 2002

Counties throughout northern New Jersey are facing moderate to severe drought conditions.  A hot summer, increased water demand and lower rainfall totals have combined to lower water levels of local reservoirs and water wells.  http://s.nj.com/IgwiTrT

HRS has been able to help residents improve their well production and water quality in these dry times by providing pump service, well deepenings and well replacements.  Two recent projects demonstrate our ability to serve water well customers.

Shallow Hand Dug Well

A customer called complaining of low water production and poor quality of water in an old hand dug well on his property.  We were able to quickly obtain permits and drill a new well to provide an adequate water source for the customer’s home.

New Well vs. Pump Service

Another customer called to get a second opinion on the well/pump on his property after a contractor told him that he would need a new pump and pressure tank because the low water levels in his well had damaged his old pump.  We sent a service crew to the house to check on the problem and they quickly determined the problem was just a faulty pressure switch.  The crew replaced the switch thus saving the customer thousands of dollars.

Please contact us if you have any issues with your water wells or pump.  We are here to help assess the problem, develop a workable/affordable solution and get water flowing through your home again.

HRS Drilling is a leading drilling contractor providing environmental investigation, water well drillingdewatering and geothermal services to the Greater New York and New Jersey area.  For more information contact us or call us at 973-347-2250.

 

 

Two Masters, One Journeyman & One Monitor Well Driller Added to Staff

Four of our employees traveled to Bordentown in June hoping to pass one of the NJDEP drilling exams and all four came back successful in that pursuit.

The NJDEP has granted only two Master Well Driller Licenses this year and both were to our employees.  David Myerchin and Mark Christman each acquired this highest level license which allows them to work on public community supply well systems in addition to all other drilling activities.  David and Mark join Doug Myerchin as our Master Drillers.  Doug has carried the torch as our lone Master Driller for years.

David has been with B&B since its inception and has over 30 years of drilling experience.  He is a versatile driller who has worked on everything from soil borings to dewatering well points to geothermal wells to water well drilling projects.  He also runs our shop and maintains the equipment.

Mark has over 25 years drilling experience, including 9 with B&B.  Mark has a long history of water well drilling in north Jersey, but also has extensive experience on environmental projects.

Long time B&B employee Justin Meyerhofer got a Monitoring Well Driller License.  Justin has been a helper on all of our equipment and is well versed in environmental and water well drilling.

Andrew Wadden upgraded his license to Journeman Well Driller allowing him to work and install pumps on all classes of wells except public community supplies.

HRS Drilling is a leading drilling contractor providing environmental investigation, water well drilling, dewatering and geothermal services to the Greater New York and New Jersey area.  For more information contact us or call us at 973-347-2250.

Solving Construction Problems at Solar Development

A local solar developer was having trouble installing support posts for their solar farm.  The ground was filled with large cobbles, boulders and a shallow bedrock surface which was hindering their plan to simply use a pile driver to install the posts.  The posts were not reaching their target depth and many of the posts that were reaching depth were getting badly bent and twisted. This problem was causing a delay in their construction schedule and a large cost overrun in materials.

We worked with the developer to develop a plan and within days two T4W air rotary rigs were mobilized to the site to pre-drill holes for the posts.  Complicating this effort was the fact that many of the off-spec holes were between framework that was already installed so the rigs had to maneuver to reach each  hole location.  Our crews worked hard to not only pre-drill the holes, but also move materials and coordinate with other trades to complete the work. Our crews easily out-produced other drilling contractors on-site which created great value for our client.

Eight foot deep holes with an air rotary rig is not complicated drilling, but this project demonstrates our ability to work with our clients to solve problems and our ability to execute these solutions.

HRS Drilling is a leading environmental investigation, well drilling, dewatering and geothermal engineering company serving the Greater New York and New Jersey area.  For more information contact us or call us at 973-347-2250

HRS Launches New Website

January 2016 – HRS has updated its web presence with a sleek new website designed by We Interactive.  The website provides a detailed account of our current service lines and drilling capabilities.  It also highlights key projects that demonstrate our diverse set of skills and drilling expertise.  Projects include environmental investigation, environmental remediation, large scale geothermal, residential-scale geothermal, water wells, and construction.

We also wanted the website to capture our company’s long history.  The About Us page provides a quick summary of over 80 years of contract drilling of our predecessors and has a current listing of our drilling equipment.

We want to establish a relationship with current and prospective clients and the website now allows these visitors to quickly request additional company information and quotes with a quick form submittal, but also lists our contact information by more traditional means via telephone, mail and in person.

To further reach out to our customers we have also launched a twitter account @HRSDrilling to provide quick updates, interesting photographs, and other company news.

HRS Drilling Co., Inc. and B&B Drilling, Inc. together provide a diverse set of contract drilling services to the environmental, water, geothermal and construction industries in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond.

HRS Welcomes Andrew Wadden as Operations Manager

September 2015 – The HRS and B&B drilling companies have hired Andrew Wadden to serve as Operations Manager.  andrewAndrew’s role will include everything from proposals and business development through project management and execution.  He also brings different perspective to the company as he began his career in the environmental consulting business.

Andrew served as an environmental scientist and project manager during his 10 year career in environmental consulting prior to joining HRS.  During that time he managed several large field investigations which were heavily drilling-focused.  He is knowledgeable on all phases of environmental work from Phase I’s through Remedial Actions and the NJ Site Remediation Program requirements.

“As a consultant I worked with a number of drilling companies and B&B always stood out because of their employees.  From the drillers and helpers to the management they would always accommodate any new or changing project needs and consistently had solutions to any project difficulties.  This commitment to client service was the main reason why I was so eager to join their company, and it is something I hope to contribute to.” – Andrew

HRS Drilling Co., Inc. and B&B Drilling, Inc. together provide a diverse set of contract drilling services to the environmental, water, geothermal and construction industries in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and beyond.