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Water-Well Design and Construction

Handbook / Manual

Series: Developments in Geotechnical Engineering Volume: 60

By: RL Harlan, KE Kolm and ED Gutentag

205 pages, B/w illus, figs, tabs


Hardback | Dec 1989 | #104182 | ISBN: 0444874801
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NHBS Price: £114.00 $139/€127 approx

About this book

The practice of geohydrology has, over the past few decades, become increasingly sophisticated, requiring a degree of specialisation that was not needed five or ten years ago. In response to this increase in level of sophistication, many universities have developed programs in geohydrology. As practitioners, however, one of the deficiencies observed in many of the recent, as well as earlier graduates, is the lack of awareness of practical applications and the limitations of many theoretical approaches. While many universities offer good programs in ``theoretical geohydrology', practical application courses are rarely available. The purpose of this book is to provide a reference for addressing many of the practical hydrogeological problems. Although it deals largely with the design and construction of water wells, it also broadly addresses the practice of geohydrology.


1. Introduction. Purpose and scope. Hydrologic cycle. Ground-water occurrence. Definitions. Selected references. 2. Subsurface Evaluation. Preliminary considerations. Drilling and coring. Site observations. Geophysics. Selected references. 3. Well Hydraulics. Concept of head. Darcy's law. Aquifer properties. Radial-flow equations. Selected references. 4. Principles of Well Design. Purpose of proper well design. Water-quality considerations. Materials selection: casing and screen. Dimensional considerations. Well screens. Gravel and filter packs. Selected references. 5. Well Construction, Development, and Maintenance. Well construction. Well development, rehabilitation and maintenance. Water-supply systems. Well closure and abandonment. Selected references. 6. Aquifer Evaluation. Aquifer (pumping) test design. Procedures for conducting aquifer tests in single wells. Packer tests. Laboratory tests. Selected references. 7. Special Applications. Ground-water monitoring. Dewatering and depressurization. Infiltration galleries/horizontal collectors. Selected references. 8. Glossary. Index.

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