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Wayne Patenaude of Hopkinton, NH, purchased Contoocook Artesian Well Company from its original owner, who founded the business in 1936. Wayne has owned the business for more than 50 years, taking up the tradition of giving customers quality, old-fashioned service they could count on seven days a week.

Wayne’s son Rick Patenaude runs the company today. Rick recalls growing up at the family farm, and the phone would ring late at nights and on holidays, when frantic families were out of water or with a houseful of company. Wayne took the call and sent the service truck out right away.


“Our business was always open, and that’s how people came to know they could count on us to get them water,” Rick recalls. It’s the same story today: 7 day service, a quality job, a fair price, and a name you can trust for over 70 years. We hold the very first New Hampshire Water Well License. We are a Patenaude family business and our name is on the line with every job we do.

Water wells and ski runs


In 1963, Wayne Patenaude began building Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH, with his brothers. By staying focused on pleasing the customer and making great snow, Pats Peak has become the #1 ski area within two hours drive of Boston. Choose us for your water business, and we’ll be sure to send you a pair of free ski passes to Pats Peak at Christmas to thank you.

Come ski with us

We enjoy relationships with some of New Hampshire’s finest building contractors and realtors. When we are rewarded with their business, we thank them in an exclusive program called “Drill with Us, Ski With Us.”


Our valued customers from the building industry are rewarded with free skiing all season long at Pats Peak.

Wayne Patenaude, Owner, Contoocook Artesian Well Co

Wayne Patenaude,


Rick Patenaude, Vice President, (& Chase)  Contoocook Artesian Well Co

Vice President Rick Patenaude and his dog Chase

Sister Company: Pats Peak Ski Area, Henniker, NH
One of the original Well drilling trucks: Contoocook Artesian Well Co
One of the first well drilling jobs: Contoocook Artesian Well Co

"I have continued to be impressed by the honesty, efficiency, and professionalism of your firm...helpful, friendly, respectful of my concerns, and informative...a fine example of teamwork and a good display of the pride they must take in their work and their company."

J. DelBalso , Mont Vernon, NH

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