Hydrofracking and Water Wells

Hydrofracking Hydrofracking is all over the news lately – but we are here to discuss a different type of hydrofracking altogether! Also called hydro-fracturing, this is a procedure used by professional well drillers to increase the flow of water in a low-yielding well. The operation involves forcing highly pressurized water down a well to widen and extend fractures in bedrock, increasing their supply of water. Northeast Water Wells uses two hydro-fracturing methods to fix drying wells.

Standard Hydro-fracturing:

The standard hydro-fracturing procedure involves the removal of all materials in the well, including the pump and pipes. After these pieces are removed, a single packer is lowered down. Water is then poured through the packer, pressurizing the entire well. Fractures widen and spread during this process, yielding more water on a regular basis.

Zone Hydro-fracturing:

Instead of using one packer like standard hydro-fracturing does, zone hydro-fracturing uses two. The packers are placed 60 to 80 feet apart and the water forced between them creates a high amount of pressure within the specific zone. This method of hydrofracking is more costly than the standard method, and is usually used when standard fracturing is not successful.

Tests are performed before and after the operation to ensure an increase in water yield. Your well will also be sanitized after the procedure to ensure clean drinking water. After disinfection, the well should remain unused for 24 hours or until it is no longer cloudy.

When considering hydrofracking for your well, remember to look into town regulations to learn if you will need to obtain a permit. For more information on the process of hydro-fracturing, contact Northeast Water Wells at 1-800-562-WELL today!


One Response to “Hydrofracking and Water Wells”

  1. Laurent Landry

    Wondering how much clearance or room you need around the top of a drilled well in order to get your machines to do a hydro fracture? Concerned about a garage close to the top of the well….


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