Tensiometer Use in Shallow Ground-Water Studies

by Sterling J. Richards, Soil Physicist; Riverside, CA,
Lyman S. Willardson, (M.ASCE), Agr. Engr.; Brawley, CA,
Sterling Davis, Agr. Engr.; Riverside, CA,
James R. Spencer, Water Resour. Analyst; Coachella, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 457-464

Document Type: Journal Paper


Tensiometers installed with a ground surface or other reference can be used to determine ground-water equipotentials and the position of the water table in the field. Tensiometer determined water tables were roughly comparable to those measured with perforated wells in a sprinkler irrigated Coachella fine sandy soil. Water differences depended on the flow conditions and proximity of the tensiometers to a drain. Shallow ground-water equipotentials can be determined above and below the water table with a tensiometer system.

Subject Headings: Measuring instruments | Water table | Tension | Groundwater | Soil water | Wells (water) | Sprinkler irrigation | Sandy soils

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