About Drillwell

Vancouver Island Water Well Drilling, Hydro-Fracturing and Drilling Specialists

Drillwell Enterprises was founded in 1965 by Ken Slade, who at that time had 17 years experience in the drilling industry. In 1982, David, Paul, and Calvin Slade became partners, as Drillwell became the largest Water Well drilling contractor in British Columbia.
2010 was Drillwell’s 45th year in Business and we are proud to remain one of the longest standing members of the B.C. and Canadian Groundwater Associations.
Drillwell boasts a crew of 10 Drillers registered with the province of British Columbia. All journeyman Drillers have a minimun of 5 years of full time experience with Drillwell and have WHIMIS and First Aid training. This low turnover of trained personnel helps Drillwell to set standards for performance, and to provide the first class service responsible for our continued success and growth.

Our Clients

We supply Environmental drilling services and products on a regular basis to:

  • ISNC Lavalin
  • Levelton and Associates,
  • Golder Associates
  • Gartner Lee Ltd.
  • Piteau Associates
  • Thurber Engineering
  • Jacques Whitford
  • Seacor
  • AMEC
  • and many others

We have worked at numerous landfills, pulp mills, saw mills, municipal yards, service stations, DND sites and industrial sites on Vancouver Island and many Environmentally Sensitive Sites on the Mainland of British Columbia, performing site investigations and monitoring well construction programs. We have installed remediation and gas collection well fields, pump and treat systems and thousands of groundwater exploration and monitoring wells.
For references, please feel free to contact our office.

Kenneth C. Slade

Membership of institutions:

  • National Ground Water Association
  • Founding member Canadian Ground Water Association
  • Founding Member and past President of B.C. Groundwater Association
  • Rotary Club International
  • Experience:
  • 1947-1965 Pacific Water Wells: Driller and drilling foreman
  • 1965-Present Founder and President of Drillwell Enterprises Ltd.
  • 1982-1983 Botswana, Africa: Organize and supervise test well drilling program for brine extraction.
  • 1985-1986 Swaziland, Africa: Setting up and supervising of groundwater survey for CIDA. Including specifiing equipment, site selection, and crew training.
  • 1988-1989 Misima, Papau New Guinea: Supervise drilling program for process water and de-watering.
  • 1990 Timor, Indonesia: CIDA Groundwater exploration, and water system upgrade.
  • 1991 Swaziland, Africa: CIDA Evaluate and upgrade continuing drilling program.
  • 1995 Hermosillo, Mexico: Trained and organized personnel for groundwater monitoring and pit dewatering program.
  • Qualifications:
  • Journeyman water well driller
  • Experienced in pump service and installation
  • Business manager and owner

David W. Slade

Education: Geology and 1st. year science at University of Victoria
Membership of Institutions:

  • Canadian Ground Water Association
  • British Columbia Ground Water Association (President 2006 – present)
  • Chairman Mill Bay Fire Protection District
  • Experience:
  • 1979-Present Drillwell Enterprises: Driller, supervisor, manager, owner. All types of drilling and well installations. Mineral exploration, dewatering, inclinometers, pumping systems, hydro-fracturing.
  • 1995 St. Kitts, Carribean: Assess status of equipment, and make recommendations for improvements, upgrades, and spare parts, on CIDA supplied water well project.
  • Qualifications:
  • Journeyman Water Well Driller
  • Class one drivers license
  • Level one industrial first aid
  • Blasting certificate
  • Pilot license

Paul A. Slade

Education: Graduate Grade 12 Cowichan Senior Secondary 1977
Membership Of Institutions:

  • Canadian Ground Water Association
  • British Columbia Ground Water Association
  • Sahtlam Volunteer Fire Department
  • Experience
  • 1978-Present Drillwell Enterprises: Driller, supervisor, manager, owner. All types of drilling and well installations. Mineral exploration, dewatering, inclinometers, pumping systems, hydro-fracturing.
  • 1984 Botswana, Africa: 6 weeks working with Engineers, and African drill crew on test production drilling for brine production well field.
  • 1990 Botswana, Africa: 4 months training African drill crews in drilling and development of Brine production wells for soda ash recovery.

Qualifications:

  • Journeyman Water Well Driller
  • Class one drivers license
  • Level one industrial first aid
  • Volunteer fire fighter
  • Vancouver Island Well Drilling Connections

The following businesses and individuals utilize or refer the services of Vancouver Island well drillers
Mike Eddy – Real Estate Agent, Duncan BC
Marvin Wood – Real Estate Agent, Duncan BC
Harvey Osborne – Duncan Realty