Determining Optimal Well Discharge

by Otto J. Helweg, (M.ASCE), Research Asst.; Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 3, Pg. 201-208

Document Type: Journal Paper


The cost of pumping ground water is a major factor in water supply. It is necessary to pump a given well at the discharge that maximizes the net benefit of the operation. Previous criteria ignored the economic aspects of the analysis; the writer submits a detailed criterion for obtaining the best discharge for a well. A computer code is included along with an example of the analysis.

Subject Headings: Wells (water) | Water discharge | Pumps | Groundwater supply | Economic factors | Computer analysis | Standards and codes

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