Critics of Test Wells

Bryan Times July 6, 2018 (report by Ron Osburn, Aquifer plan meets resistance): Julie Weatherington-Rice in an e-mail cautioned that test wells can provide limited information about the long-term sustainability of an aquifer. “One well will tell you how much you can pump (from) one well. If you put in monitoring wells and you do a pumping test (municipal well tests are typically a week to a month long), that should tell you the pumping cone of depression (volume of usage) for that well and the safe sustainable yield. (It) doesn’t tell you about the rest of the aquifer, but it does give you an idea of how far apart you want to space your wells,” she said.