Ground-Water Management with Fixed Charges

by Eduardo Aguado, Sr. Analyst; Exploration Dept., CORPOVEN (Subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela), Caracas, Venezuela,
Irwin Remson, Prof. of Applied Earth Sciences and Geology; Stanford Univ., Stanford, Calif.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 375-382

Document Type: Journal Paper


The problem of where to drill wells, how many to drill, and how to pump them in order to maintain low water levels in an excavation most economically is formulated as a fixed-charge problem. The cost to be minimized includes fixed installation costs and the variable costs of pumping. The governing ground-water equations in numerical form are included as constraints. The solution includes optimal well locations, costs, steady-state discharge schedules, and hydraulic head distributions.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Drilling | Wells (water) | Pumps | Water discharge | Water level | Excavation | Economic factors

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