Water Wells


Hydracrat is a market leader in water well installations throughout Scotland, successfully completing thousands for commercial and private clients since our inception in 1960.

Establishing a private water supply reduces or completely negates the need to use the public mains water supply, often resulting in a significant reduction in mains water bills.

Clients often see a Return on Investment very quickly following installation, ranging from a few years down to a few months for commercial and industrial clients.

Establishing a Water Well

Our three-stage process for establishing a water well has been successfully providing our clients with a long-term water solution for decades, while mitigating risk and operating within budget.

A desk study is carried out by a chartered geologist to determine as accurately as possible from available information whether a suitable ground water supply is likely to be encountered from within the client’s property.

Findings and recommendations arising from the desk study are then reported back to the client.

We recommend the drilling of a small diameter probe borehole to a particular depth, based on findings from the desk study.

The objective of the probe borehole is to locate a ground water source, indicating ground water quantity and quality, as economically as possible. The probe is a means of de-risking the project as it offers the client more certainty on the availability of suitable ground water and helps to indicate the required specification of the production borehole and water pump/motor.

Following the results of the probe, we will assess requirements and provide a fixed price quotation for the completion of a full production water well.

Full construction of the production water well.

Hydracrat completes the drilling of the borehole before installing the water pump/motor, well screen and cabling within the borehole, ensuring water can be abstracted.

How does a Water Well work?

Beneath the surface there are underground layers of rock which are saturated in water, known as ‘aquifers’. This water can be accessed for consumption and productivity purposes through one or several boreholes.

To access the water, Hydracrat will drill a borehole to depths of up to 200 metres, before installing a submersible water pump and associated equipment near to the bottom of the borehole. The pump can then supply high quality ground water back to the surface for years to come.

The aquifer source generally replenishes itself naturally and is unlikely to run dry, although this often depends on the rate and volume of water which is being abstracted.

Our Pledge

Our senior team have first-hand experience of a wide range of water well installations and can offer expert advice, tailored to your requirements.

Our focus throughout is to provide you with a system which not only provides an adequate supply but is also reliable and offers a long lifespan.

To ensure this, we use only the best components and apply drilling and installation practices to the highest standard.

Clients large and small must also ensure compliance with SEPA and Coal Authority regulations, which we are happy to advise on.

Fault-Finding and Refurbishments

It is not uncommon for us to be contacted by clients who are experiencing problems with a production well which was installed by another drilling contractor.

Should this transpire, we are able to provide expert advice on the cause of the issue and how it should be rectified. Common faults include failures with sub-standard components or wells with inadequate borehole casing and well screen installations.

In some instances, the supply of the water well may be compromised by a build-up of sediment. To resolve this, we offer a refurbishment service whereby one of our drilling rigs essentially cleans the well by flushing out the sediment with high-pressure air.