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George Rudderham Well Drilling Ltd about us
George Rudderham Well Drilling About Us

Knowledge and expertise handed down is a main reason we are so good at what we do.


Richard Rudderham, a part-time farmer in Point Edward, Nova Scotia, recognized the need for local farms to have reliable access to groundwater for the purposes of irrigation. It was then that he founded the company that would later become George Rudderham Well Drilling. Armed with his knowledge, Richard built his own wooden auger, which he used to drill water wells for some of the local farmers, as well as for his own farm.

Agricultural Water Supply

1950s and 60s

In the early 1950s, a population boom took place in Cape Breton, initiated in part by the ending of World War II as well as the ongoing success of natural resource industries. Foreseeing that this new population would need homes and farms with access to clean, running water, Richard’s sons, George and Albert decided to pursue water well drilling as a full-time business. The brothers purchased a cable tool drilling machine called a Speed Star 55 and began drilling wells across Cape Breton.

Several years after the establishment of Rudderham brothers, Albert decided to make a career change at which point George took sole ownership of the well drilling business, thus transforming the two-generation family business into what is now known as George Rudderham Well Drilling.

Schram Mobile Well Drilling Equipment


George purchased the first rotary drill machine in Cape Breton. That same year George’s daughter, Brenda Rudderham White joined her father in the family business. George Rudderham Well Drilling began to flourish in Cape Breton.


Due to an increase in demand, a second drill machine had to be added to George’s fleet. So in 1973, a second Schramm rotary drill was purchased. Now with a staff of eight, two drill rigs, two follow trucks, and two service trucks, George took on numerous large projects, some in Newfoundland but mostly in Cape Breton.

Flourishing Business

At the request of the Historical Arms Preservation Society based in PA, which was assisting the Canadian government’s Parks Canada division, George Rudderham Well Drilling drilled out the cannons that had been excavated on the site of what was once a French fortress, for the Louisbourg Restoration Project. It was also at this time that DEVCO began its long-standing relationship with the company - a business relationship that has endured even past the closure of DEVCO and continues through the remediation and reclamation of DEVCO’s assets and holdings.


Water Treatement Systems



Paul Rudderham, the youngest of George’s four children, joined the family business.


George retired, and Brenda and Paul entered into a joint venture. Since the purchase of the family business from their father in 1986, Brenda and Paul have added new product lines while still maintaining a strong sense of tradition. This has allowed them to become one of the oldest Berkeley dealers in Canada who have been service representatives for over 30 years.

A strong commitment to customer relations and service has been the number one priority for the brother and sister team. This approach netted George Rudderham Well Drilling the 1994 Nova Scotia Driller of the Year Award and the Industrial Cape Breton Board of Trade Excellence in Service Award in 2000. In addition, the business is a valued member of the Canadian Water Well Association as well as the Nova Scotia Ground Water Association since their respective inceptions.

excellence in business award


George Rudderham Well Drilling's commitment to its own future as well as the future of the communities in which the family business has flourished has become another part of the business mandate over the years. In 1999, George Rudderham Well Drilling donated an entire well water system that included the ground well and pumping system for the fish hatchery at the Two Rivers Wildlife Park. While this endeavor involved several challenges due to unique geological conditions, the generous donation of time, effort and equipment made it possible for the park to create and maintain its fish pond. Both the hatchery and pond make it possible for the park to educate and entertain its patrons while providing the much-needed funding for the operational costs of Two Rivers Wildlife Park.

two rivers wildlife park


womens institute of Nova Scotia Aid


George Rudderham Well Drilling reaffirmed its commitment to customer and community. The Women’s Institute of Nova Scotia (WINS), a non-profit, community organization, needed a new water well and pumping system. George Rudderham Well Drilling again donated time and effort at no cost to the organization.

Professional Water Testing

The Challenges of Today


The changing environment has played a role in the business with the demand for water treatment on the increase, both with regard to mineral and bacteriological problems. The environment has also impacted the groundwater tables. In 2003, George Rudderham Well Drilling purchased a 1995 Schramm Rotadrill, which is larger than the other drilling machines and is capable of drilling to greater depths.


George Rudderham Well Drilling has added a fourth generation of Rudderham children to the ranks and employs a staff of ten. The focus of the family business has evolved over the past seventy years. George Rudderham Well Drilling has always remained a strong leader in the water well industry. Plans for the future of George Rudderham Well Drilling are underway to ensure that the family business that started as one farmer’s vision and innovation continues this tradition here on Cape Breton Island.


Excavation for Well Drilling
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