Understanding Groundwater & Water Tables

Water is life. Without it, we die. Thus, understanding where our water comes from, how to find it, collect it, and decide if it’s safe for consumption is vital to survival.

While I’m not a geologist, I’ve done my personal best to figure out how a water table works, where water is sourced, how it behaves and how contaminants somewhere in the land can affect it. Should I ever find myself in a wilderness survival scenario, or drilling a well on my land, it would serve me well to have at least a basic understanding of these topics.

This video, while pretty dry on the surface, summarizes these key points well, starting with where water collects, and where that collection is sourced from. It also describes how the water table is formed, how it behaves, and how it’s affected by contaminants .

Example: you are lost in the mountains. From your vantage point you see peaks, draws and valleys, but can see no obvious sources of water. Understanding how water flows through the ground will help you visually determine where water MAY be, at least where it may likely be. Imagine further, animals grazing on one grassy slope in the valley, but not the other, as it’s very rocky. When you get to the bottom of the valley or draw, that may help guide you in where you start digging or searching for a water source.

If you own land, and livestock, you may already know all this, but hey, maybe you don’t. So let it be food for thought if you have ponds, lakes, streams or wells on you land, and where you may drill wells in the future.

I hope you find this helpful, and if you have any contributions to make to this conversation, by all means, leave them in the comment section, as we can all learn from each other!

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