Video: The Scientific Approach to Supplemental Groundwater Location for Agriculture

AquaterreX Finds Water Where Others Say There is None. In this video we show our Scientific Approach to Supplemental Groundwater Location for Agriculture – in 4 Steps.

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The Problem

In addition to other challenges, many farmers and ranchers are facing unprecedented water shortages that impact the very existence of their families and business. As the backbone for the world’s food supply, lack of water threatens our survival as we know it.

If you were to pay attention to what the news services from around the world are saying, no doubt you would be inclined to think there is nothing that can be done about it except to wait for rain.

DW News: “A summer of record-breaking heat is drying up rivers across Europe. Around half the continent is facing an unprecedented drought.”

WION:  “It may look like a desert but it’s not. What you’re looking at is a reservoir in Spain. 84% empty. Some parts of the Iberian peninsula are at their driest in 1200 years. 63% of land in Britain and Europe is facing drought.”

BBC: “In China, authorities are battling one of the worst droughts seen in more than 50 years.”

CNBC: “The megadrought in the Western US is so severe it is making history. Maybe you haven’t even heard the term megadrought. So what’ a megadrought? A megadrought is a drought that lasts 2 decades or longer so at least 20 years. And right now we’re at year 22. This is a map of our current drought. About 95% of the US is in drought.”

It’s true that shallow aquifers, rivers, and lakes are being contaminated and depleted at alarming rates. Together with global extreme weather conditions, relying only on these shallow aquifers and surface water is an outdated model and as a result, we are feeling the impact of the misconception that there are “no other solutions.” Yet, new technology to precisely locate and access deeper, alternative fresh water supplies is here today.

Water is the critical element to any agricultural business.

And the most encouraging news is that it is abundant. The US National Groundwater Association estimates there is 6,000 years of freshwater supply in the upper two kilometers of the earth’s crust. AquaterreX has developed the ability to locate and economically bring to the surface these previously untapped water resources.

Deep Seated Water

It is an almost unlimited alternative source of water. Deep Seated Water, or DSW, is high-quality groundwater, typically sourced from deeper aquifers that are located below shallow aquifers.

Such deep aquifers are supplied not only from local catchment basins but also by subsurface inflows across basin boundaries. Deep Seated Water also encompasses water created at the mantle level of the Earth under extreme heat and pressure.

Although this freshwater source may be located deeper than shallow aquifers, new technology enables us to locate the fractures, channels and pathways that allow us to access the deeper water without having to drill wells thousands of feet (or meters) deep. Thus, this water can be made available economically and easily. With the combination of technologies available to AquaterreX, we can locate water with near-100% accuracy.

Benefits of Deep Seated Water

  • Alternative Source of Fresh Water for Drought-Stricken Areas
  • Complements Existing Water Conservation Measures
  • Protects Against Contamination or Pollution
  • Permits Shallow Aquifers to Recharge and Restores Surface Water
  • Reinforces Sustainable Water Management and Security
  • Economical, Fast, and Scalable. And, Deep Seated Water can be located and water-producing wells can be completed within just a few months.

Deep Seated Water is the Missing Piece in Your Water Strategy

Many water strategies focus on conservation, rather than additional supply. Other solutions such as desalination and wastewater treatment are potential answers for some, but they also come with trade-offs such as high cost, high energy usage, long planning periods and toxic waste.

Deep Seated Water is abundant, fresh, accessible, and it can be added to your mix of solutions as a supplemental freshwater source that is not subject to pollution. It is fast and easy to implement and is economical and scalable.

Geophysical Location Technology

Exploration techniques for locating and extracting metals, gas, oil, and other minerals have advanced dramatically over the course of the past century with well-established operating standards and procedures across these industries.

However, the technologies and methodologies for the detection and exploration of groundwater have not progressed at the same rate, and therefore have not been proven to be significantly reliable and economical. Indeed, a large percentage of water locators still use “water witching” or “dowsing” to try to find water. That’s why the reported success rate of finding water in arid regions is less than 40%.

New Water Location Technology

AquaterreX has invested heavily into research and the scientific approach to detect and locate fresh water in arid and semi-arid regions.

AquaterreX possesses a unique Geospatial Data Analysis and Assessment Method for the Mapping, Locating and Extraction of high quality, high quantity, fresh water. In fact, the success rate of our technology is over 90%.

High-Tech advancements give science-based certainty and accuracy on where to drill and where not to.

The technical process of locating and extraction of deep-seated water spans several different fields of science and engineering technology. The 4 basic steps are as follows:

Step #1. Acquire Remotely Sensed Geospatial Data

Remotely sensed geospatial data is acquired via satellite and airborne geophysical surveys. This includes:

  • satellite imagery
  • magnetic
  • gravity
  • gamma-ray (radiometric)
  • digital elevation datasets
  • atmospheric
  • geology
  • hydrology
  • regional water well data
  • historical data sets

Step #2. Processing, Integration and Analysis of Data Sets

The geospatial data sets obtained in Step 1 are then processed, integrated, and analyzed with geographic information software systems (GIS) using a variety of proprietary techniques.

These unique methodologies allow for the detection of shallow and deep groundwater systems, and result in identified Areas of Interest for field surveys.

Step #3. On-site Field Survey

An on-site field survey and inspection is conducted by an AquaterreX team. The field survey is conducted to verify and validate the findings of the remote analysis, allowing for the accurate identification of exact locations for bore sites (within 1 meter). This includes the deployment of seismic and electro-resistivity measurement devices to map underground structures and locate water.

This unique combination of remote analysis and on-ground survey information significantly improves the chances of finding water.

Step #4. Time to Drill the Well!

With the scientific data to hand, you now know where to drill. No guesswork, no witching, dowsing, or diving, just pure science!

Well drilling costs and effort will vary greatly depending on the location, geology, size, and depth of the well. In some cases, for example, it will require drilling rigs with a capacity to drill through hard rock.  AquaterreX can provide and manage the drilling process or work with your preferred drilling contractor.

Over 1500 Deep Seated Water Wells Completed on Four Continents

AquaterreX is a global environmental services organization with a mission to broadly implement effective water and food security solutions.

Simply put, we specialize in finding water, even where others say “there is none.” We offer a free consulting service to explore how we can help solve the freshwater challenges of municipalities, agriculture, industry, and developers.

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