Chowanec Well Drilling proud of its 74-year heritage


November 1 — COLOMBIA – Through the ups and downs, Chowanec Well Drilling has been around for 74 years.

Current owner Isaac Chowanec is the third generation in his family to own the business, which began in 1947. It is a legacy he is honored to be a part of.

“I’m very proud of it,” said Chowanec.

The business was started by his grandfather, Thomas Chowanec, and later owned by his father, Calvin Chowanec.

After Calvin Chowanec passed away in 2016, Isaac Chowanec and his stepmother, Katherine Chowanec, owned the business together.

Katherine Chowanec retired in 2019.

The company is located at 98 Old Willimantic Road in Columbia.

Isaac Chowanec said the company gets new customers through word of mouth.

“I am very grateful that we are so busy,” he said.

A unique aspect of the business is that Isaac Chowanec works.

“I actually do the drilling myself,” he said. “I’m one of the only owner-operators I know who operates the platform and goes out and does things. “

Chowanec Well Drilling serves residential and commercial properties including schools, homes, golf courses and farms.

“We’re going all over eastern Connecticut, pretty much,” said Isaac Chowanec. “I’m licensed all over Connecticut but generally we say east side of the Connecticut River.”

The services offered by the company include the drilling of new water wells, the installation of pumps and the maintenance of pumps. They serve geothermal wells, which Isaac Chowanec says are currently popular, and other wells.

“Everyone wants to be green now,” said Isaac Chowanec.

During the pandemic, he said, business picked up, with more and more people at home seeking home improvement projects.

Isaac Chowanec said last year was a banner year and this year is even better, noting that the construction industry has “taken off”.

He estimated that business had increased by 20% since the start of the pandemic.

Company personnel are ready to react in any situation.

“You’re out in all weather,” said Chowanec.

Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Staff are also available for emergency service.

The company can be reached at 860-228-3147.

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Chowanec well drilling

Address: 98 Old Willimantic Road, Colombia

Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday

Information: 860-228-3147

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