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  At our October meeting Curtis Clyatt ( Clyatt Well Drilling, Dukes, Fla.) won the $100.00 jackpot but he was not present to get his money. Jackpot for November will be $110.00.

  The National Ground Water Association has a great week Of educational and entertainment scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2017, in Nashville, TN. This will be a great opportunity to learn and to improve yourself in the ground water profession. This will also be a great experience for lovers of country music, especially first time visitors. Full details are in the Water Well Journal and also on line.


  Many countries around the world celebrate Thanksgiving or something similar. They nearly all have a theme of giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. One of the first Thanksgivings was at Plymouth Colony in 1621. There were 53 colonists and 90 Indians present. Dr. Michael Gannon of the University of Florida maintains that the 1st Thanksgiving was at St. Augustine, Florida on Sept. 8, 1565. It was a Spanish occasion. We should be truly thankful every day of our life.

Charles Miller, Secretary

  Charles Miller at pumpmanmiller@att.net.


Well drillers are the “Salt of the Earth.”

Gloria Hancock, SRWM



Charles Miller-Sec/treas


Charles Miller-Sec/treas

                         HOW MUCH WATER DO WE REALLY NEED?

  Approximately 45 years ago I was working up a water system estimate for a lady who was moving a mobile home into an area in southwest Alachua County. The expected water level was about 25 feet. I told her I had a one HP submersible pump that would pump as much as 1800 gallons per hour. She told me that as a child she had been a prisoner in a Nazi Germany concentration camp during World War II.

  She further said the prisoners were allowed one-half liter of water per day. Since a liter is approximately the size of a quart, a half-liter is about the size of a pint. She further said that if the prisoners wanted to bathe, they had to catch as much of the wash water as they could and then drink it. So; she said she thought she could be by on 1800 GPH.

  Thankfully the war ended before she and her fellow prisoners were executed.

  So; we are blessed to have an almost unlimited supply of water in NC Florida. I did get the Job.

Charles Miller, secretary
Time… brings a cure to all things….”

Gen. Robert E. Lee

Quotations by Ben Franklin:

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”

“Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of “


Some Water Trivia Facts

By the US EPA

Water is the only substance on Earth that comes naturally in 3 forms: Solid, liquid & gas.

Water freezes at 32 degrees F., 0 degrees C.

Water vaporizes at 212 degrees F, 100 degrees C.

How much of the earth’s surface is water. 80%.

97% of earth’s water is ocean or seas.

How much of earth’s water is suitable for drinking? 1%.

The average residence uses approx.. 100,000 gallons per year.

More than 13 million US households use private wells for their water supply.

The first water pipes in the US were made from fire charred bored logs.

There are approx.. 54,000 community public water systems in the US.

   Prior to the 1800’s, the Everglades, a vast wetlands area that covers most of South Florida south of Lake Okeechobee, were known as a national treasure. In the 1930’s, in the name of progress, it was decided to drain the Everglades. This was done under authority of the “Swamp and Overflowed Lands Act.” The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers had the winding Kissimmee River turned into a straight canal that drained the Everglades and reduced it to half its original size. Much of this area was turned into agriculture, industry and urban development uses. In all, more than 1700 miles of levees and canals were built.

   Congress has authorized the Comprehensive Ever-glades Restoration Plan (CERP) to fix the problems. It is estimated that it will take 30 years to complete and the cost could escalate to as much as $11.8 billion. It appears that it will cost more than 10 times as much to fix the problems

  As it cost to create them. It is hoped that the redirected water will revitalize a dying Everglades ecosystem. The Corps of Engineers and the SFWMD have submitted the first draft on this monumental project. One problem may be getting funding from the government.

   The message here is:

“Don’t mess with Mother Nature”

Charles Miller-secretary

Coming Events:

FGWA Annual Convention and Trade Show, May 11-13 at the Caribe Royal Convention Center, Orlando. Phone: 888-248-7501.

NCFWWA Annual Picnic and Auction, June 15, 2017, at Otter Springs.

Wise words to live by:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6-31

  Approximately 40 years ago, it was arranged, as part of the educational program of FGWA or its predecessor, to demonstrate the proper grouting of a well. Al Bruce of Ocala had his company drill a 6 inch irrigation well at the baseball field at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. The Halliburton Co., one of the world’s best at grouting was employed to grout the well.

  They arrived with a fully contained grouting operation mounted on a semi-truck/trailer. They were to pump 100 bags (cubic feet) of neat cement grout until it returned to the land surface. Everyone was standing by the well to see the cement. Suddenly the crew started packing up their equipment. Not one drop of cement was to be seen.

  Santa Fe College is only a couple miles from Warren’s Cave. I, and other drillers have drilled into cavities from 1 to 20 feet vertical, which I’m sure are branches of the cave. I think all of the grout went off into one of these branches. The well is still working with a 30 HP sub.
 Charles Miller, secretary
  pumpmanmiller @att.net
            or 352-374-1882

   Thanksgiving, or something similar, is celebrated in many countries around the world as thanks for a bountiful harvest. Our first Thanksgiving was in 1621 and was held by Pilgrims and Native Americans. In 1789 George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of thanks. In 1863 Abe Lincoln declared a Federal Holiday for Thanksgiving. In 1941 President Roosevelt & congress had the 4th Thursday in November enacted as a National Holliday.

  One advantage of belonging to FGWA (formally FWDA)

   Back in the 1970’s, my company-Miller Well & Pump Co.-was drilling a 10” irrigation well in northern Alachua Co. We had 105 feet of 10” T & C casing driven and seated in hard limestone. We were using a model 71 Speedstar cable drill rig. Things were going great when something happened. While bringing the drill bit out to bail the well, it got stuck. We tried jar bumping. Nothing budged. We tried a lot of up pressure, the drill line, double casing line, pump hoist with double line, and 2 railroad jacks, all attached to the drill line. We had so much force on the drill line that we ended up breaking the ¾ inch cable. Luckily it broke at the rope socket. What a dilemma. What to do?

   Back in 1973, after the death of my father, Albert Miller, I started going to all the FWDA(FGWA) quarterly meetings. Someone noticed and, lo and behold, I ended up on the board of directors. Clive Frink of Tampa was president of the association. In talking to him I learned that he also had a 71 Speedstar rig and many fishing tools.

   So, what to do. I called Mr. Frink and explained my problem. He said he was willing to give it a try. He sent his son Ron and a helper along with an assortment of fishing tools. It must have been a round trip of 350 miles. They had the right size jars and slips to go down and grab the stuck drill and in short order had it loose and laying on top of the ground. Mr. Frink sent me a bill for $300. It saved me the cost of a 10” string of tools, 105’ steel casing, 10” drive shoe and a week’s hard labor for two men. Several thousand dollars. That was a real bargain. Had I not been a member of FGWA and talked to Mr. Frink, I wouldn’t have known what to do or who to call.

   I think the drive shoe was egg-shaped in the flint rock. We put a 8” bit on and completed a good well.


  Don't forget to exercise your right

and duty to Vote.

  Vote your conscience , but please


Charles Miller, secretary

  pumpmanmiller @att.net
            or 352-374-1882


"Tell me and I forget; Teach me and I remember; Involve me and I learn." Ben Franklin


  Some of us have spent untold hours, sometimes even days waiting for someone to return a phone call or keep an appointment. If you find you are going to be late for an appointment, call ahead and let the other party know. Keep the lines of communication open.


FACT: "The water we have today is the only water the planet will ever have."

"The future is revealed beneath our feet. All that we have wrought upon the land will be returned to us to drink." --Jill Heinerth

"Water is the driving force of all nature." L. daVinci


 "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Eleanor Roosevelt

"A penny saved is a penny earned"

Ben Franklin

"Just because you have a dollar doesn't mean you have to spend a dollar"

Jessie Heard

"You have to spend money to make money"


An Observation

  About 45 years ago Gorman Co. in Ocala had a very fine sales rep. , Benny Buchannon. This was before there was a Gorman's in Gainesville. One day Benny came by my shop. The only thing I needed at that time was 3/4 inch galv. ells. Benny's price was 9 cents each.

 On a recent stroll thru Lowes I noticed the same ells (both imported) were $2.75 each. I think this works out to an increase in price of 3055.5%. My, how things have changed.


"The cost of greatness is responsibility."

Winston Churchill

I have never attended a meeting of the North Central
Florida Water Well Association that I didn't learn
Morris Gary---several times over the years.  He was a
charter member from Anthony, Fla.

  "Son, to get ahead in the world, don't just do your share of the work, do more than your share."
Albert Miller---Circa 1940's


  "Do unto others as you would have then do unto you"  ( from the Bible )

 Charles Miller, secretary /treasurer


  Licensure of water well contractors; application, qualifications, and examinations; equipment identification.
 (10)  Water well contractors licensed under this section may install, repair, and modify pumps and tanks in accordance with the Florida Building Code, Plumbing; Section 612--Wells pumps and tanks used for private potable water systems. In addition, licensed water well contractors may install pumps, tanks, and water conditioning equipment for all water well systems.