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Soil Water and Ground Water Sampling

1st Edition

By Neal Wilson

CRC Press

208 pages

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Hardback: 9781566700733
pub: 1995-03-13
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The most recent "comprehensive" book on the subject of ground water sampling was written by Dr. Barcelona in 1986 and is still being sold today. It does not, however, include soil water sampling and analytic techniques. A considerable amount of research has since been undertaken dealing with ground water sampling equipment and techniques, making an up-to-date text a valuable commodity. The scope and detail of this book is much broader and more inclusive than previous efforts on the subject, and it provides the latest results of research in the field.

The book presents a comprehensive introduction to ground water monitoring, placing monitoring in context with respective regulatory programs. It offers a unique, detailed description of the installation and operation of soil water samplers (pressure-vacuum and zero tension). It provides the most comprehensive, step-by-step guidance on monitoring well installation.

The discussion of field instrumentation includes theory and operation of equipment used for obtaining static water levels, temperature, redox, pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, turbidity, and alkalinity. Equipment and techniques used to obtain ground water samples are described, and several valuable checklists are included. Quality assurance and control (QA/QC) are addressed in terms that can be easily comprehended and utilized. The book also provides an excellent introduction on how ground water samples are prepared and analyzed in a laboratory.

It is difficult to overestimate the quality and utility of this book. More than 46 photographs, an abundance of tables and diagrams, and a well-written style make even the most complex topic understandable. This extremely practical book should serve as the standard for ensuring ground water data reliability and comparability.

Table of Contents

Ground Water Monitoring

Introduction to Ground Water Modeling

Investigative Plans

Monitoring Plans

Site Remediation

Regulation of Contaminated Sites

Prevention of Ground Water Contamination

The Permit System

Ground Water Sampling


Soil Water Monitoring Devices

The Unsaturated Zone

Soil Water Samples

Pressure/Vacuum Soil Water Samplers

Percolate Soil Water Samplers

Limitations Inherent to Soil Water Samplers

Placement of Soil Water Samplers

Preparation of Pressure/Vacuum Samplers

Installation of Pressure/Vacuum Samplers

Sampling Pressure/Vacuum Samplers

Troubleshooting Pressure/Vacuum Samplers

Percolate Soil Water Samplers

Preparation and Installation of Percolate Samplers

Sample Collection

Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)

Newer Soil Water Samplers



Design and Installation of Monitoring Wells

Locating Monitoring Points

Soil Borings

Drilling for Monitoring Point Installation

Cleaning Drilling Equipment

Piezometer Installation

Monitoring Well Installation

Resistance of Materials to Chemical Adsorption and Leaching

Strength of Materials Used in Monitoring Well Construction

Other Construction Considerations

Selecting a Filter Pack and Screen Size

Keeping Monitoring Well Construction Materials Clean

Construction of the Well

The Annular Seal

Grouting the Well

Well Completion Details

Surveying the Wells

Developing the Well

Hydraulic Conductivity Testing Methods


Drilling Check List


Static Water Levels and Geochemical Field Parameters


Static Water Levels

Geochemical Field Parameters


Equipment and Techniques Used for Obtaining Ground Water Samples


Vertical Solute Concentrations

Ground Water Sample Acquisition Devices

Grab Mechanisms

Suction Lift Mechanisms

Positive Displacement Systems

Experimental Sampling Equipment Used in Monitoring Wells

Pump Tubing

Considerations for Selecting Sampling Equipment and a Sampling Protocol

Summary and Review


Ground Water Sampling Plans


Health and Safety Plans

Sampling Plans and Checklists

Prior to Going into the Field

Upon Arrival at the First Well in the Sampling Network

Sampling Domestic and Production Wells


Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Laboratory Analysis

Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Laboratory Analysis



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply