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Water Intake Installation in Lakes & Rivers across BC

Ironman Directional Drilling uses horizontal directional drilling to install water intakes in lakes, rivers, and sewers. We complete many projects related to directional drilling in Penticton and Salmon Arm, but we also take on projects throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and portions of Saskatchewan.

We install high-pressure sewer lines across lake bottoms (from to shore to shore), as well as diving and lake intakes, and outfalls. With our state-of-the-art drill heads, we can even drill through solid rock.

If you’re a first-time visitor to our website, or you’ve never hired a team to perform directional drilling, you may be new to the concept.

What is Horizontal Directional Drilling?

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is a precise drilling technique that takes careful planning, proper setup, navigators with extensive training, as well as advanced tools to guide and steer the drill. Horizontal directional drills use bent (articulated) arms to control the geometry of each cut. To clear its path, the drill bit may be fitted with a high-pressure hydraulic nozzle to clear away bits of debris.

We use these techniques to insert water intakes into sewers, rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. Our team serves the needs of municipalities, ministries, engineering firms, subdivisions, contractors, homeowners, and anyone in need of directional drilling in Penticton, British Columbia, and many parts of Saskatchewan.

Why Directional Drilling? It’s all about the Environment. 

Compared to trenching and other drilling techniques, directional drilling is often the most viable and least destructive option when it comes to protecting wetlands, lakes, and rivers. Directional drilling is also more cost-effective when compared to invasive procedures. The employees of Ironman Directional Drilling work alongside biologists and environmentalists. Whether we’re completing a project in a lake or river on Vancouver Island, in the Okanagan Valley or Shuswap County, we always put the environment first.


Directional drilling has shown to cause little to no disturbance to the areas where a water intake is being installed. This is why this process remains popular with many engineering firms, contractors, homeowners, municipalities, and other government agencies. We use directional drilling to install lake and diving intakes, as well as place shore-to-shore sewer lines across lake bottoms.

Protecting Our Waterways

Directional drilling is the only option when it comes to working in and around our beautiful lakes, rivers, and oceans. Here at Ironman Directional Drilling, we have proven that the job can be done without compromising the environment — a skill others are still trying to learn, while we’re out on the field doing just that, each and every day. We know that if we weren’t doing this, another company would take our place, and they may not have the same love and respect that we have for our waterways and environment. That is why, every day, we aim to deliver cost-effective services that do not disrupt Western Canada’s pristine natural environments — some of the most beautiful and pure on Earth.

Let’s Discuss Your Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Project

To request additional information on our capabilities, services, or equipment, feel free to contact Ironman Directional Drilling at any time. We serve all of British Columbia’s central interior, Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan.

What We Do

With certified welders on staff, Ironman Directional Drilling can assist you with all of the following services:

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