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1 Well Development and Efficiency Groundwater Hydraulics Daene C. McKinney

2 Introduction Well Drilling – Augers – Cable Tool – Rotary – Mud Well Completion – Unconsolidated formations – Consolidated Formations – Well Screens – Gravel Packs Well Development – Well Drawdown – Well Losses – Specific Capacity – Step Drawdown Test – Well Efficiency

3 Some History Qanats –Subterranean tunnels used to tap and transport groundwater –Originally in Persia –Kilometers in length –Up to 3000 years old –Many still operating Chinese Salt Wells –1000 years ago: Drilled wells –Over 300 meters deep –Bamboo to retrieve cuttings –By year 1858: 1000 meters deep –Called cable tool drilling today Ancient Persian Qanat Ancient Chinese Salt Well

4 Domestic Hand Pumped Well Domestic dug well with rock curb, concrete seal, and hand pump ~20 m depth > 1 m diameter < 500 m 3 /day

5 Augers Hand-driven augers ~15 m depth > 20 cm diameter Power-driven augers ~30 m depth > 1 m diameter

6 Power Auger Auger drilling is done with a helical screw driven into the ground with rotation; cuttings are lifted up the borehole by the screw ~ 30 m depth < 15-90 cm diameter < 500 m 3 /day

7 Drilled Well - Cable Tool Traditional way of drilling large diameter water supply wells. The Rig raises and drops the drill string with a heavy carbide tipped drill bit that chisels through the rock and pulverizes the materials. 8 – 60 cm 600 m

8 Mud/Air Rotary Rotary drilling relies on continuous circular motion of the bit to break rock at the bottom of the hole. Cuttings are removed as drilling fluids circulate through the bit and up the wellbore to the surface.

9 Drilling Mud Circulation Lift soil/rock cuttings from the bottom of the borehole and carry them to a settling pit; Allow cuttings to drop out in the mud pit so that they are not re-circulated (influenced by mud thickness, flow rate in the settling pits and shape/size of the pits); Prevent cuttings from rapidly settling while another length of drill pipe is being added (if cuttings drop too fast, they can build-up on top of the bit and seize it in the hole); Create a film of small particles on the borehole wall to prevent caving and to ensure that the upward-flowing stream of drilling fluid does not erode the adjacent formation; Seal the borehole wall to reduce fluid loss (minimizing volumes of drilling fluid is especially important in dry areas where water must be carried from far away); Cool and clean the drill bit; and Lubricate the bit, bearings, mud pump and drill pipe.

10 Well Completion After drilling, must complete the well – Placement of casing – Placement of well screen – Placement of gravel packing – Open hole

11 Rotary Drill Well Construction Well casing – Lining to maintain open hole – Seals out other water (surface, formations) – Structural support against cave-in

12 Rotary Drilled Well in Limestone Surface casing – From ground surface through unconsolidated upper material

13 Unconsolidated Aquifers Pump chamber casing – Casing within which pump is set

14 Consolidated Aquifer Cementing – Prevent entrance of poor quality water – Protect casing against corrosion – Stabilize formation

15 Well in Confined, Consolidated Aquifer

16 Placing the Pack

17 Well Screen Head loss through perforated well section – Percentage of open area (minimum 15%) – Diameter depends on well yield and aquifer thickness – Entrance velocities must be limited V s = entrance velocity Q = pumping rate c = clogging cefficient D s = screen diameter L s = screen length P = Percent open area

18 Entrance Velocity vs Conductivity

19 Well Screens May or may not be required Proper screen improves yield Slot size – Related to grain-size Other considerations – Mineral content of water, presence of bacteria, and strength requirements – Excess convergence of flow Groundwater and Wells, Driscoll, 1986

20 Well Design, Completion and Development Gravel Pack – Installed between screen and borehole wall – Allows larger screen slot sizes – Reduces fine grained sediment entering Development – Washing fines out of the aquifer near the well – Cleaning the well with water – Air-lifting, surging, pumping, or backwashing

21 Well Development After completion, wells are developed to increase specific capacity and improve economic life. Remove finer materials from the formation. Pumping Surging Compressed air

22 Pumps Shallow Wells – Hand-operated – Turbine – Centrifugal (shallow, high volume) Deep Wells – turbine, submersible turbinesubmersible Motor

23 Spring Box

24 Wellhead Protection Grout seal, concrete slab, and well seal for sanitary protection.

25 Well Design, Completion and Development Well diameter – Dictated by size of pump – Affects cost of the well – Must ensure good hydraulic efficiency Well depth – Complete to the bottom of the aquifer More aquifer thickness utilized Higher specific capacity (Q/s, discharge per unit of drawdown)

26 Collector Well Sonoma County Water Agency collector well along Russian River near Wholer Bridge. The water agency operates five similar wells on the Russian River. All use the Raney design with laterals extending beneath the river bed in a radial pattern from the main caisson. Each of these wells are capable of producing between 15 and 20 million gallons of water per day. The river water is naturally filtered as it moves through the river bed sediments to the collector wells.

27 Well Diameter vs Pumping Rate (max 5 ft/sec in casing) Well CasingWell Yield (in. ID)(gpm) 6100 8175 10300 12700 141000 161800 203000 243800 306000 Groundwater and Wells, Driscoll, 1986

28 Drawdown in a Well Drawdown in a pumped well consists of two components: Aquifer losses – Head losses that occur in the aquifer where the flow is laminar – Tme-dependent – Vary linearly with the well discharge Well losses – Aquifer damage during drilling and completion – Turbulent friction losses adjacent to well, in the well and pipe

29 Well Losses Excess drawdown due to well design, well construction, or the nature of the aquifer Note UNITS!

30 Specific Capacity Specific capacity = Q/s w – Yield per unit of drawdown – gpm/ft, or m 3 /hr/m Drawdown in the well Specific capacity - linear function of Q Observing change in s w as Q is increased – select optimum pumping rate

31 Specific Capacity Map

32 Step Drawdown Test To evaluate well losses Pump a well at a low rate until drawdown stabilizes Increase pumping rate Pump until drawdown stabilizes again Repeat at least three times

33 Step-Drawdown Test Q (m3/day)S (m) 5001 10002.6 20008.9 250014.0 275018.6

34 Step Drawdown Test Plot s w /Q vs Q Fit straight line Slope = a 1 = C Intercept = a 0 = B

35 Step-Drawdown Test (Example) Q (m3/day)S (m) 5001.14 10002.66 15005.57 20008.82 250013.54 300018.79 350023.67 C = 1.6x10 -6 day 2 /m 5 = 3.32 min 2 /m 5 Severe deterioration or clogging

36 Losses: Formation, Well, Total

37 Well Efficiency Specific capacity = Q/s – Relationship between drawdown and discharge of a well Describes productivity of aquifer and well Specific capacity decreases with – Time – Increasing Q Well efficiency = ratio of aquifer loss to total loss

38 Pumping System

39 Summary Well Drilling – Augers – Cable Tool – Rotary – Mud Well Completion – Unconsolidated formations – Consolidated Formations – Well Screens – Gravel Packs Well Development – Well Drawdown – Well Losses – Specific Capacity – Step Drawdown Test – Well Efficiency

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