Making Drilling Water Crystal Clear: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Presented on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There are always times when you are drilling a water well near a stream, or when you are drilling geothermal boreholes in a beautifully landscaped yard, that you wish you could quickly make your muddy drilling water crystal clear. This presentation will show you how to use a polyacrylamide polymer to make your muddy drilling water crystal clear in a temporary trench as short as 30 feet. You will learn how a polyacrylamide polymer makes the silt and clay particles attract each other and collect on the bottom of the trench, and you will learn how to select the correct polyacrylamide polymer for your particular rock type and groundwater quality. Each step of this muddy drilling water treatment process will be presented, so you will have a complete understanding of how to set up the temporary treatment trench and how to apply the polyacrylamide polymer so it is most effective.

Todd Giddings, Ph.D., P.G.
Todd Giddings and Associates Inc., State College, PA
Todd Giddings, Ph.D., P.G., is a registered professional geologist, and the principal hydrogeologist and president of Todd Giddings and Associates, Inc. He has more than 40 years of experience in ground-water resources development, management, and remediation. His areas of professional interest are water-resources education, karst hydrogeology, and geothermal heat pump system training. He is a Director and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Ground Water Association, Chairman of their Education Committee, and is Webmaster of their Web site at . He has organized hands-on demonstrations of innovative drilling technologies at the Summer Field Conferences of the PGWA.
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