Founder Howard Johnson started digging wells in the late 50s, first by hand and then with a homemade boring rig. In 1969, he partnered with Floyd Baetz to form the company as it is known today. Floyd soon bought out his partner and brought his son, John, into the business. With two boring machines working daily and a plant manufacturing well casings, the company was installing over 300 wells per year. When Floyd passed away in 1977 (age 44), John and his wife Betty took over the business, running it until 2010, when John sold the business to Darcy Avey, a 26-year employee of the company. Today, Darcy and John continue to work together, providing safe, clean drinking water to homes throughout Ontario.
Bored or Drilled – What’s the Difference?
Here in Ontario, most wells are created using one of two methods:
Bored wells are created using a rotary bucket, with concrete casings installed to form a well of 36” or 48” diameter. The large size provides substantial volumes of water per vertical foot. High volumes mean plenty of water on demand, even from slow-producing aquifers. Shallower wells mean less chance of hard, mineralized water. Most bored wells can provide hundreds of gallons of clear, fresh water with just 30’-60’ of depth. Please contact us to learn more or to schedule service.
Drilled wells are literally drilled into the ground, using a 4”, 5” or 6” steel pipe as the casing. Because of their small diameters, drilled wells must be very deep (150’-200’) to ensure enough flow of water is in the well to meet the demands of the domestic household. This extra depth often finds water that is hard or mineralized. Minerals such as sulphur or salt can render the water unusable.