Modeling a Multiple Well Groundwater Supply System

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by LaDon Jones, Iowa State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference

Abstract: The paper is concerned with the simulation of existing groundwater supply systems. This encompasses the delivery of the groundwater from the wells to the water treatment plant, including the well hydraulics, the well pumps and the pipe network. Many existing systems have excess capacity during at least part of the year; all the wells do not have to be in operation to meet the demand. An accurate simulation model of the system provides a valuable management aid for determining the least cost combination of wells to operate, while meeting the demand. The paper discusses such a model based on a least squares approach to parameter estimation. An application is presented for estimating the pipe hydraulics for a portion of the city of Ames, Iowa water supply system.

Subject Headings: Wells (water) | Groundwater supply | Hydrologic models | Water supply systems | Water pipelines | Hydraulics | Water treatment plants | Iowa

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