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Knowledge, experience & abilities

Dear Mike & Maryana,

Thanks to your knowledge, experience & abilities, we now have a very productive well that passed our highest expectations!

We’re also thankful that you were able to work us in between your busy schedule & by having the equipment to do the job properly.

In appreciation & thanks once again for a wonderful job — well done!!

Donna, Carol & Norman

It impressed me

Hi, Michael
-Just a short note to tell you what a pleasure it was doing business with you and Shasta Drilling.

Your professional skill and careful explanations during the process of drilling my well made me comfortable with a project which I knew nothing about and was a little uneasy to get into. It impressed me that, although you ran into a few difficulties and obstacles with the job, you just brushed them aside and found alternatives without getting discouraged. I was especially pleased with the follow-up calls you made to check up on how the development of the well was proceeding, showing that you aren’t just a “shoot the hole and forget it” operation.

If a future client asks for a recommendation, please feel free to have him call me anytime.
Many thanks,

Thanks again

It was a pleasure doing business with you! Hope you had a great fishing trip with your son. Thanks again!

John & Terri

Trusting & Patient

I just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job on my well, and for trusting me enough to pay you after the work was done. I really appreciate your patience. I’m sure you appreciate all that your wife does while you’re working as well, so both of you enjoy dinner on me. I hope you have a wonderful evening.

Thank you again Mike,
Deidre Lee 🙂

So thoughtful

A note to say thanks for being so thoughtful.Thank you and your company for a wonderful water well.

Paul & Helen

Someone who cares

It’s not often one encounters someone who cares about their work and the job they do for others, like you do. The way you care about your customers is very refreshing in this day and age, where everyone is out for themselves.

I want you to know that we appreciate the way you were straightforward and to the point, so that we understood your job and where we stood.

Thank you again for the fine job you did.

Thank you,
Les & Sam

Thanks for a wonderful job

Dear Mike and Gavin,
My wife and I wanted to send you a belated note of “thanks” for a wonderful job you and your crew did in drilling our well. It’s been almost a year since you installed our well, and we wanted to send you pictures of the structure we built over the well head.
One year later Jamie and I are still talking about the professionalism, procedure and extremely helpful in explaining the process to us. I also want to thank you and Gavin for moving us up on your priority list even though we were probably # 50 on the list. We are sure you are just as busy this year.
Thank you again for all of your help, and we look forward to drilling another well, just to hangout with you guys.

Jimmy Newgom

Thanks to the Shasta Drilling Family

To Shasta Drilling Family, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your expertise, honesty, and most of all the wonderful H2O! Your family has been a pleasure to meet, we hope to cross paths often. Again, thank you!
Take care
Sim & Deb Risling

Shasta Drilling Helps Oak Run Couple

Donation Could Help a Dying Oak Run Man Go Home

“A generous gift from a Redding company may mean a dying man spend his last days at home. Marsha Saites wants nothing more than to bring her dying husband, George, home so they can spend his final days together.

“I think the least he deserves is to die in the home he put all his strength and energy in.” says Saites with tears streaming down her face.

She explained the house the couple built together has been without water for the last month. She says it’s been hard but she has learned to make due without running water but she can’t possibly take care of her sick husband without it.

Saites says the well that has been on the property for the last ten years stopped working.She paid a drilling company 2,000 dollars to fix it. They tried to drill but the well collapsed.

After that she called Shasta drilling. The owner of the company, Michael Colbert, was on the property to due an estimate over the weekend.

On Monday morning Saites got the surprise of her life and potentially an answer to her prayers. Colbert was so touched by her story that he offered to drill her a new well, free of charge. Colbert estimates the work would have cost her $6,000 to $9,000.

“What I am donating is small compared to what they will get from it,” says Colbert.

Saites says she was speechless when he told her. She called him out for an estimate, she never asked or expected him to do the work for free.

She says she didn’t have the money for the well but was hoping to borrow from someone, but even then, she was worried she would lose the house her husband George loved so much.

Colbert says drilling for water isn’t an exact science. It can be hard to find water especially in the foothills but he is dedicated to doing everything he can to get the water running and the family back together.

79-year-old George Saites is at Canyon Wood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Redding.
He has Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia, a progressive disease with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s.”

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National Driller Magazine – “A Well Experience”

Porky’s Hole Thoughts: A Well Experience
by Howard “Porky” Cutter, MGWC
March 1, 2010

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“Ms. Mollie McManigal from Ridgecrest, Calif., called me, and asked me to recommend a good well driller in her area. Being from Virginia Beach, Va., I didn’t know a driller who I could recommend near her location. However, I did recommend that she look on the Internet for some drillers in her area, call them, and then ask some questions about wells. By their answers, she then could determine the best choice. She followed my instructions; Ms. McManigal was impressed with Shasta Drilling Inc. (, Redding, Calif., and its sales presentation over the telephone.

At my request, the following was written by Ms. McManigal, and sent to me to be published in National Driller. I think we should share stories about quality drillers. I hope that one day I will get to meet the McManigals, and visit Shasta Drilling Inc.

Her Story

Mike Colbert of Shasta Drilling Inc. is the all-in-one conqueror of the well drilling experience – the one who leads you to victory, not to a box of Kleenex.

I first spoke to Mike when my husband and I were looking for property to purchase around the Redding, Calif., area for retirement. We knew we eventually were going to need a well driller, and figured it was going to take time to find someone we could fully trust – someone who is capable of overcoming the obstacles that are frequently encountered in the well-drilling business. (I had a complete list from off the Internet, and I did telephone everyone I could get in touch with.)

Mike offered invaluable information as to where to purchase property. Some areas had little chance of water. Other areas had good water, but knowing how deep to drill was important because the water could be lost to empty volcanic caverns below. In some places, drilling too deep would ruin a well with salt water. His extensive familiarity with the area was freely shared with us.

Yes, he had the experience, but it was his business practices that sold us. He has a strict requirement that someone is present at the time of the drilling. If you don’t show, he goes home. It was easy to understand why he is never nervous with an audience.

Mike works together with his son, Gavin, and they run an impressive operation with exacting methods – no shortcuts or sloppiness allowed.

Not only do they keep you well informed of their every step with constant and open communication, but you get a real education at the same time: This is the drive shoe. This is the steel casing, and it needs to make a solid connection into the bedrock.

We watched as they pounded a full 60 feet down into the earth. Mike does a great job when he welds the pieces together, too. (My dad was a welder, and good beading on the joints was what he always stressed.) Each drill stem is 20-feet long, and they want you to keep track of how deep they drill.

They drilled, and at 180 feet down, we hit water. Mike had done the water witching himself, and he delivered. It was a great day.”

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