Reader, I signed up. It was a bit cheeky that The Blurb for Smartie explained how for two separate site-visit water-tests "total service valued at over €300. It is important to note that the EPA recommends testing your well water at least twice a year". Without well-owners' participation there would be no Smartie, we don't need to be thrEPAtened'.
Two months after I submitted my application I found that we'd been selected! Smartie needed a) an adult present to b) give access to the well-head to test the depth of the water-table c) indicate the location of an outdoor tap to sample the water. When we sunk the bore-hole, our neighbours Doran of the Well got the contract. As tree-huggers, we asked if he was going to dowse the ley-lines to find the best place to try for water. He raised a quizzical eye-brow "There's no shortage of water in Ireland, where are you going to install the pump and pressure cylinder? . . . then let's set up the rig as close to that shed as we can - save on pipework".
And it was so. We struck water at about 5m, but the flow was deemed insufficient, so they went on down to 35m or 113ft in old money. The price in old money was £4/ft. The drilling went on for several hours; sometimes the drill shaft was motoring steadily downwards but then it would pause and seem to make no progress. Once the super-hard blue granite seam had been penetrated progress downwards went on apace. It was the most entertaining afternoon: much more interesting than TV. That was 23 years ago, Dau.II was in diapers.