Effect of Water Depth and Groundwater Table on Infiltration from Recharge Basins

by Herman Bouwer, Conservation Lab Agricultural, Research Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


The actual effect of water depth on infiltration depends on the depth to groundwater and on whether the wetted perimeter of the basin is clean or covered by a clogging layer of fine particles (clay, silt) and/or organic deposits, including biofilms. The factors controlling the effect of an increase in water depth on infiltration rates, as discussed in this paper, must be known so that groundwater recharge basins can be designed and managed for maximum hydraulic loading.

Subject Headings: Water table | Recharge basins | Groundwater recharge | Clays | Hydraulic design | Groundwater management | Hydraulic loads | Particles

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