...Hank Baski was the fourth NGWA McEllhiney distinguished lecturer.Baski is president of Baski Inc., a Denver-based company that designs and manufactures equipment for the ground water industry, including products such as inflatable packers, pitless units, and downhole valves for aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) and aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES).Baski
started in the water well business while in high school when he
helped build a cable tool drilling rig for the family drilling business in northern Minnesota.After earning a B.S. in geophysics from the University of Minnesota, he continued in the drilling business for a few years, then began a ground water hydrology career with a consulting firm in Denver.While working in this field, he saw a need for ground water tools and decided to develop such products himself.
holds seven patents and continues to develop new products.
What commonly believed fallacies hinder optimal development of water wells?What new technologies and innovations will impact the water well industry over the next decade?Baski
explored both questions with his
lecture topic, "Ground Water
: Fallacies and Forecasts."