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Sustainable Wells

Maintenance, Problem Prevention, and Rehabilitation, 1st Edition

By Stuart A. Smith, Allen E. Comeskey

CRC Press

334 pages | 90 B/W Illus.

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No one has recorded when well digging started, but surely humans imitated elephants in digging holes in the sand to access cooler water that didn’t make the children sick. Eventually, humankind began to redesign, maintain, and repair the wells they constructed, but when wells became "commodities" in the twentieth century, this maintenance ethic was fogotten. Recapturing that ethic, Sustainable Wells: Maintenance, Problem Prevention, and Rehabilitation is a guide to keeping well systems operating at peak capacity. The book focuses on how to prevent and forestall problems, and manage the problems with wells as they age.

Examining the many challenges that come with maintaining well performance, the book provides a comprehensive yet readable state-of-the-art summary of performance maintenance, problem prevention, and rehabilitation or restoration practice with the goal of sustaining optimal performance over the long run. Rather than focusing on a certain aspect of well cleaning, or a particular technical approach, it covers the scope of maintenance and rehabilitation, from planning to evaluation testing. It also addresses the crucial subjects of preventive design, maintenance monitoring from electrical to biofouling, and evaluation testing.

An exploration of the subject without a vendor or strong regional bias, the book is based on the authors’ extensive hands-on experience serving well-operating clientele. In addition to water supply wells, it addresses the problems and maintenance issues of monitoring, plume control, and other "environmental" wells. Compiling information from existing literature into a single source, and combining that information with experience, the book provides recommendations based on historical performance. Copiously illustrated with approximately ninety black and white photographs, figures, and a color insert, the book reflects the changes in the profession that have occurred during the past decade or so. These features and more make this the first resource to turn to when devising solutions for maintaining and improving well performance.

Table of Contents

A Brief Colorful History of Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation and Their Milestones

Some History

The Role of the "Environmental" Sector in Shaping Well Rehabilitation and Maintenance

The Impact of Biology on Hydrogeology and Ground Water Technology

Economics, Human Skills, Personalities, Demographics and Other Issues

A Word About Terminology

Causes and Effects of Well Deterioration

Summary: Causes of Poor Performance

True Grit – Sand and Silt

Yield and Drawdown Problems

Chemical Incrustation


Plastic Deterioration

Biofouling – A Hitchhiker’s Guide to How Life Takes Over

Impacts on Treatment Plants

Engineering and Construction Aggravation of Clogging and Corrosion

Well Structural Deformation and Failure: Natural and Human-Caused

Disaster-Related Flooding

Management and Operational Overview

Economic Impacts of Well Deterioration

Identifying Costs of Well Deterioration

Asset Management and Life Cycle Cost

Assigning Economic Value

A Costly Example

Prevention Practice for Sustainable Wells

Prevention – Its Place in the Well Life Cycle

Interlude: Teeth and Motor Vehicles

Prevention: Design and Construction Considerations

Well Development

Preventing Contamination During Drilling, Well Construction, and Development

Preventive Pump Choices and Actions

Design Aspects: The "Cliff Notes" Version

A Note About Well Houses

Well Array Design Recommendations

A Developing World Note

Maintenance Monitoring Program for Wells

Maintenance Monitoring: Rationale for Instituting a Monitoring Program

Maintenance Procedures Overview

Implementing a Maintenance Program – It’s Institutional, Not Personal

Maintenance is Personal (and Personnel), Too

Maintenance Basics

A Maintenance Monitoring Protocol for Wells

Recommended Testing and Information Monitoring Methods

Summary of Recommendations for Maintenance Monitoring in Routine Practice

Schedule of Maintenance Monitoring Actions for Wells

Institutional and Funding Issues in Maintenance Planning, Analysis and Execution

Preventive Treatments and Actions

Sand/Sediment Pumping

What Do We Do if We Have Corrosion?

Biofouling (General)

Inorganic Incrustations (General)

Preventive Chemical Treatments

Mechanical Agitation and Augmentation

Chemical Emplacement

Chemical Removal and Recovery

In-Situ Maintenance Treatments

Further Procedural Considerations

Health and Safety Concerns

Costs and Time of Routine Preventive Measures

Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Decisions on Rehabilitation Methods: After Things Go Wrong

Management and Safety in Well Rehabilitation

Consultants and Contractors: Avoiding Trouble in Working Together

Well Rehabilitation: Decision-Making on Methods

Specifications for Rehabilitation

The Role of Consultant Specifier-Observer

Rehabilitation Methods: Technical Descriptions

Physical Agitation

The Pharmacopoeia: Chemical Use in Rehabilitation

Blended Method Treatments

Application of Rehabilitation Methods Summary

Post-Treatment After Well Rehabilitation

Some Follow-Up "Truisms"

Learning and Going Forward

Learning from the Past

Where Do We Go from Here?

About the Originator

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply