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1 Marco Bruni, seecon international gmbh WellsMarco Bruni, seecon international gmbh
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3 ContentsIntroductionHow Can Wells Optimise my Local Water System?Prospecting for Groundwater SourcesDifferent Types of Wells and their CharacteristicsBasic Design and Construction PrinciplesOperation and MaintenanceApplicabilityAdvantages and DisadvantagesReferences
4 Variability of the Groundwater Table 1. IntroductionVariability of the Groundwater TableInfiltration of water into an aquifer during the wet seasonInfiltration of water into an aquifer during the dry seasonSource: SMET & WIJK (2002)
5 Groundwater Withdrawal from Wells by Means of Buckets or Pumps 1. IntroductionGroundwater Withdrawal from Wells by Means of Buckets or PumpsPumpsSource: [Accessed: ]Source: IWMI (n.y.); NE (n.y.); WATER CHARITY (n.y.); BAUMANN (2011)Rope & Bucket
6 2. How Can Wells Optimise my Local Water System? Health AspectsA properly constructed well can improve a community’s water supply substantially.High quality drinking waterNo or just minor purification requiredMany low-cost and low-tech digging and drilling options availableSource: BAUMANN (2011)
7 Where Should I Look for Groundwater? 3. Prospecting for Groundwater SourcesWhere Should I Look for Groundwater?Villagers and members of the neighbouring communities can be a good source of information on the presence of shallow groundwater.Also, certain types of vegetation (e.g. banana plants, bulrushes, sugar can, date palms) can indicate presence of groundwater (COLLINS 2000).Often, existing wells in close proximity indicate the presence of groundwater.If technical equipment is available, test borings can give detailed information on the groundwater level.Source: [Accessed: ]
8 Dug Wells Drilled Wells 4. Different Types of Wells and their PerformanceTwo Main Types of WellsDug WellsDrilled WellsDiameter: +/- 1.2mLength: 3 – 20mDiameter: +/- 50mmLength: 10 – 50m (200m)
9 5. Basic Design and Construction Principles LocationWells should not be constructed close to potential sources of contamination, e.g. pit latrines, livestock farming, fuel/pesticide/ fertiliser storage, etc.Well should be located in close proximity to the actual point of water useSource: BUCHANAN et al. (2010)
10 Well Head Well Shaft Intake 5. Basic Design and Construction PrinciplesDug Well: ElementsWell HeadWell ShaftIntakeSource: SMET & WIJK (2002)
11 5. Basic Design and Construction Principles Dug Well: ExcavationExcavation is done manually with pick and shovelLining is most often necessary to protect the well from collapsing and preventing subsequent contamination of the wellMaterials for lining: prefabricated concrete rings, stones, bricks, masonry, etc.Source: : [Accessed: ]
12 Drilled Well: Drilling 5. Basic Design and Construction PrinciplesDrilled Well: DrillingBasic hand-drilling techniquesb) High-tech machine-drillingSource: [Accessed: ]Source: [Accessed: ]
13 Drilled Well: Drilling – Many Different Techniques 5. Basic Design and Construction PrinciplesDrilled Well: Drilling – Many Different TechniquesBasic Hand-drilling techniquesb) Machine-drillingSludgingAugeringPercussionJettingMachine-drillingSource: ELSON & SHAW (1995)Source: WURZEL (2000)
14 Drilled Well: Completion 5. Basic Design and Construction PrinciplesDrilled Well: CompletionCompletion of a well involve construction of a:Well casing (prevents the well from collapse and seepage of contaminants).Well screen (holds back sediments while allowing water to infiltrate the well)Gravel pack (prevents the well screen from becoming clogged)Sanitary seal & head works (prevents surficial contamination)Source: WATERAID (2008)
15 5. Basic Design and Construction Principles Well ProtectionWells and aquifers are susceptible to contamination. Contaminants can either enter from the opening or from the sides of the excavation.Water source protection involves:Interdiction of all activities that can potentially cause contamination close to the well (e.g. pit latrines, livestock farming, fuel/pesticide/ fertiliser storage, etc)Wellhead protection involves:DrainageSurficial seal: an apronImpermeable lining (dug wells) orcasing (drilled wells)Securing functioning of the pumpSource: NABUUR (n.y.)
16 6. Operation and Maintenance Dug WellStructural maintenance includes:Checking the apron for cracks,Securing the inspection cover, Improving the yield by deepening or removing infiltrated sand particles, and theMaintenance of the lifting device.Equally, securing hygienic operation is essential. This involves:Protection and cleaning of the area (e.g. fencing and covering),Checking water quality and disinfecting if necessary,Monitoring the effects of withdrawal on environment and surrounding areas, andEducating water users in proper operation of the well.
17 6. Operation and Maintenance Drilled WellDrilled wells are easy to operate and basically not in need for maintenance.However, as a drilled well always include a manual or mechanised pump, maintenance of the lifting is critical!Source: [Accessed: ]
18 Drilled Well Drilled Well 7. ApplicabilityDrilled Well Drilled WellCan serve as a water supply for a rural community, depending on the performanceLow-tech solution particularly for rural communitiesCan serve as water supply for single households, for small rural communities as for more urban areas, depending on the size of the well (depth & diameter).Manual drilling is applicable in alluvial soils up to 40 metres.A pump must be available and frequently maintained
19 8. Advantages and Disadvantages Dug WellAdvantages:High degree of involvement of the local community during the whole processUnder supervision, no skilled workers are requiredSimple equipment sufficient for both construction and maintenanceLow cost for construction and O&MInvolvement of private sector possible (local well diggers)Yield can be increased after construction Reservoir included (large diameter)Disadvantages:Long construction phaseDangerous excavationMotorised pump (power source) often required to lower the water table during constructionApplication restricted to regions with rather soft geological formation and relatively high groundwater levelsAlteration of groundwater level can adversely affect the surrounding environmentHigh susceptibility for contaminationPeople (i.e. children) can fall in if the well is uncovered
20 8. Advantages and Disadvantages Drilled WellAdvantages:Quicker and cheaper to sink than hand-dug wellsLess susceptible to contaminationNo dewatering during sinking requiredLess lining material requiredSafer in construction and useThe well itself needs barely maintenanceMany simple drilling techniques available suiting many geological conditionsDisadvantages:Skilled staff and experts required for drillingPump required, which needs appropriate operation and maintenanceLower yield than hand-dug wells (smaller diameter)Overexploitation may lead to adverse effects on the environmentArsenic pollution may occurMore technical equipment and skills necessary for constructionNo integrated storage capacity / recharge during periods of low abstraction
21 9. ReferencesBAUMANN, E. (2011): Low-cost Hand Pumps. St. Gallen: Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN). URL: [Accessed: ].BUCHANAN, B.; DE LA CRUZ, N; MACPHERSON, J.; WILLIAMSON, K. (2010): Water Wells that Last for Generations. Edmonton: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. URL: [Accessed: ].ELSON, B.; SHAW, R. (1995): Simple Drilling Methods. Leicestershire: Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Loughborough University. URL: [Accessed: ].IWMI (n.y.): Diesel pump in operation. Colombo: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). URL: solutions.iwmi.org/motorized-pumps.aspx [Accessed: ].NABUUR (n.y.): Protected dug well in Uganda. Amersfoort: Nabuur. URL: improvem [Accessed: ].NE (n.y.): Solar Water Pump. Lahore: National Engineers (NE). URL: [Accessed: ].SMET, J. (Editor); WIJK, C. van (Editor) (2002): Small Community Water Supplies: Technology, People and Partnership: Groundwater Withdrawal - Chapter 10. The Hague: International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC). URL: [Accessed: ].WATERAID (2008): Technology Notes. London: Wateraid. URL: [Accessed: ]WATER CHARITY (n.y.): Deep-well hand piston pump including apron and drain in Wallalan, Upper Badibu District, Gambia. Crestline: Water Charity. URL: [Accessed: ].WURZEL, P. (2001): Drilling Boreholes for Handpumps. St. Gallen: Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management (SKAT). URL: /skatpublication /file [Accessed: ].
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