This past May, the Maine Ground Water Association came together for its annual Spring Demo at D & S Pump & Supply Co. in West Gardiner, Maine.

Many of Maine’s water well drillers, pump installers and hydrofracturing contractors have been investing a lot of time promoting their industry and taking advantage of the educational benefits offered by the many manufacturers and distributors that support this industry. This past May was no exception, as the Maine Ground Water Association came together for its annual Spring Demo at D & S Pump & Supply Co. in West Gardiner, Maine. Products and supplies, donated by well drilling industry manufacturers, were demonstrated by licensed drillers and pump installers, who, in doing so, provided a much needed well and pump system for a local family in need. It is through these efforts that the education of Maine’s drilling contractors continues to develop, providing the best services available for the public welfare of their communities.

Maine’s well drilling, hydrofracturing and pump installation contractors have been licensed since 1994, and although continued education is not a mandatory requirement, this is the 14th year for this event, which is intended as an instructional service and educational opportunity. The involvement in planning an event such as this is a testament to the dedication of these professionals as they plan for the future of their industry.

The demo included a barbeque lunch for the 130 attendees put on by the Lions Club – with proceeds going to charity. Donations from suppliers and contractors were provided by:

  • Host: D & S Pump & Supply Co.

  • Well Driller: Andrew Bowie, Andrew Bowie Inc.

  • Helpers: Rodney Pratt, C & R Well Drilling Inc., and Ted Rolfe, Rolfe Well Drilling Inc.

  • Excavators: Keith and Kyle Peckham.

  • Pump Installers: Barry Sandford, Pine State Drilling Inc.; Robert Temple, Temple Pump Service; Gary Deschaine, Sunco Well Drilling; and Perry Estabrook, H20 Pump Service.

  • Suppliers: Baroid IDP, Morris Industries, J B Drilling Supply, NUMA Tool, Goulds Pumps, AMTROL Inc., Endot Industries, Campbell Manufacturing and many more.
The well was drilled, hooked up and running water into the house by 5 p.m. The well was drilled to a depth of 125 feet, and produced 15 gallons per minute. The family was very thankful for the Maine Ground Water Association bringing this project together.

The Maine Ground Water Association would like to thank everyone involved for their participation, and we hope to see you again next May.

MGWA Officers

President – Barry Sandford, Pine State Drilling Inc.

Vice president – Ted Rolfe, Rolfe Well Drilling.

Treasurer – Ike Goodwin, Goodwin Well & Water Inc.

Secretary – Pat Pratt, C&R Well Drilling Inc.

Chad Grignon, Pine State Drilling Inc.;
Harry Hanscom, Hanscom Well Drilling;
Marc Stevens, Hatch Well Drillers Inc.;
Andrew Bowie, Andrew Bowie Inc.;
Trevor Gould, H2O Well Drilling;
Mark Taplin, Williams & Taplin.

Fun Facts about Maine

  • Lubec, Maine, is the eastern-most point in the contiguous United States.

  • Maine is the birthplace of the extension ladder.

  • Maine is the nation’s No. 1 exporter of both blueberries and toothpicks.

  • Maine is the only state with a one-syllable name.

  • Maine is the only mainland state bordered by just one other state (N.H.).