Individual Well Operation Affects Water Quality and Aquifer Sustainability

Presented on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A groundwater well is an extension of the aquifer to which it is connected. Aquifers are a side road in the water cycle and a natural “infrastructure” that collects, stores, purifies, and distributes water that serves many needs other than the groundwater well. The operation of the well, therefore, affects these natural processes and can determine the quantity and quality of water obtained from it. Overpumping individual wells can lead to poor quality, reduced yield, and shortened useful life while the collective affect of overpumping many wells can result in aquifer decline from subsidence and other unintended effects. The well driller’s livelihood depends on functioning aquifers. There would be no need for a well driller without the existence of an aquifer that yields usable water in adequate quantity.

John A. Reid, President
Wellmanage, Reid Plumbing Products LLC, Hopewell, NJ
J Andrew Reid has been in the water business for more than 40 years. He holds one Canadian and three US patents for groundwater industry products and is currently President of Reid Plumbing Products LLC which manufactures and sells water well controls, systems and boosters in the USA and Canada. He has written articles on groundwater well systems and operation which have been published in the US, Canada, Asia and collaborated with two Faculty members of the, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia, on papers presented at Groundwater 2010 in Canberra, Australia.

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