We take pride in our history, people, and our dedication to the industry.


J&S Water Wells was established in 1949 by Ray Stevens and Charles Johnson. From its beginnings, the company concentrated on domestic water well supply in the Bellville, TX area and its surroundings. In 1979, John E. Richardson purchased the company and since then, it has grown steadily over the last 30 plus years. In June, 2019, the company was purchased by Monte Richardson.   During the late 1970’s, the company’s focus grew to include Water Supply and pump rental for the booming Texas oil fields. Turnkey well packages were introduced as a cost effective means for producing water for oil and gas drilling needs. Efficient methods were employed by the use of Simco all hydraulic, top head, mud rotary drilling rigs as well as the use of submersible pump and motor combinations to provide a reliable means for extracting needed water from the ground. The use of HDPE “Fasline” proved a successful method for fluid movement between jobsites and was incorporated into the growing rental fleet of pumps and generators.

Since the late 1970’s J&S has expanded its knowledge and horizons in water well drilling by employing best practices and techniques in the industry. The well drilling fleet has grown to include a Taylor HRT 4000, all hydraulic deep well drilling rig. The scope of work has grown to include wells up to 3500 feet in depth and 24 inches in diameter, with the capability of constructing wells with capacities of 5000 gallons per minute or more, in some instances.

Throughout the past sixty plus years and thousands of water wells, J&S has become an industry leader in the construction of all types of water wells. Serving many municipalities, farming operations, and oil field contractors, our company has a dedicated staff of individuals prepared to suit your needs in water well drilling and pumping systems. Please take the time to browse our website, which includes a scope of our services, completed projects, and other useful information that may suit your needs.

Our People

J&S Water Wells has had a long and storied history, dating back to the late 1940’s. Much has changed since then in terms of technology, development and sophistication. Throughout the years one thing has remained steadfast–J&S’ people and their dedication to the industry.

Many of our employees have been with the company for over 20 years, in fact there is several hundred years of direct, tenured experience within our ranks. Many of our employees came to the business as first generation Americans and built their livelihoods and families around the company. The foundation laid by these hard working individuals is not only witnessed in our workmanship, but also in the raising of their own families. J&S prides itself in knowing that our history in business has provided for many first time college graduates, some of which have returned to work for us and others that have gone on to accomplish great things in their respective fields. From our ranks we have spawned leaders in Nursing and Medicine, Engineering as well as a multitude of Agricultural and technical trades.



Monte Richardson, President and CEO

Monte is a second-generation water well driller who began his tenure at J&S in 1993 as an apprentice and drilling helper. He is accredited as a Master Well Driller and certified pump installer in Texas and holds licensure in Louisiana. Monte is also licensed by the National Groundwater Association as a Master Groundwater Contractor (MGWC).   Monte is also licensed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as a Water Treatment Specialist (III). Monte graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a B.S. in Geosciences and a minor in Spanish. While at TAMU, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and is an Eagle Scout. In 2021, Monte earned an Executive MBA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. While away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and flying airplanes.



Shaun Grell

As the Construction Superintendent for the Company, Shaun’s primary duties consist of day to day operations management, field supervision of drilling and pump projects, punch-out and job finalization and rolling stock inventory management. Shaun also heads up many of J&S’ S. Texas farm and ranch projects.

Shaun’s original tenure at J&S started in the mid 1990’s as a field hand and afterwards he gained valuable experience as a rathole rig operator. Shaun is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and an Eagle Scout.

Steven Robertson

Steven serves as a Pump and Electrical Foreman for J&S. Steven’ oversees the installation and management of submersible, turbine and solar water well pumps as well as the administration of water well pumping tests and well data collection. Steven also heads up the majority of electrical and control installations on irrigation water wells, farm and ranch and oil field supply water wells. Prior to Steven’s eleven-year tenure at J&S, he served as the City of Bellville Electrical Department Superintendent. Steven is a Licensed Electrician Journeyman.

Diann Hill

Diann serves as the Company’s Vice President of Administrations. With twenty-seven years at J&S, Mrs. Diann has an important role in most every job performed. She maintains the in-house bookkeeping as well as the coordination of well contracts, insurance and bonding.

Sheila Gardner

Sheila has been involved with J&S since 1983. She oversees all operational aspects of the Oil field water well supply and pump rental division. This includes work orders, water well permitting, job tracking and invoicing as well as accounts receivable. Sheila also manages the jobsite safety protocols and the maintenance of employee licensure.

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