Chapter 2. Groundwater Investigations for Locating Well Sites

  1. Bruce Misstear1,
  2. David Banks2 and
  3. Lewis Clark PhD Visiting Professor consultancy3

Published Online: 13 OCT 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470031344.ch2

Water Wells and Boreholes

Water Wells and Boreholes

How to Cite

Misstear, B., Banks, D. and Clark, L. (2006) Groundwater Investigations for Locating Well Sites, in Water Wells and Boreholes, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470031344.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

  2. 2

    Holymoor Consultancy, Chesterfield, UK

  3. 3

    (Deceased) - formerly of Clark Consult Ltd, Henley on Thames, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 OCT 2006
  2. Published Print: 20 OCT 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470849897

Online ISBN: 9780470031346



  • groundwater investigating objectives;
  • groundwater investigation locating well sites;
  • remote sensing data;
  • field reconnaissance;
  • well survey and geophysical surveys;
  • electrical resistivity survey – vertical electrical sounding, electrical profiling and electrical imaging;
  • Vertical electrical sounding (VES);
  • zone of contribution (ZOC) to water well;
  • planning well scheme


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Desk studies

  • Field reconnaissance

  • Well survey

  • Geophysical surveys

  • Drilling investigations

  • Groundwater resources assessment

  • Groundwater quality

  • Pollution risk assessment and prevention

  • Planning the well scheme