Chapter 7. Well and Borehole Testing

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

Published Online: 13 OCT 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470031344.ch7

Water Wells and Boreholes

Water Wells and Boreholes

How to Cite

Misstear, B., Banks, D. and Clark, L. (2006) Well and Borehole Testing, in Water Wells and Boreholes, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470031344.ch7

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



  • well and borehole testing;
  • test pumping objectives;
  • planning well pumping test;
  • background data collection;
  • monitoring pumped discharge;
  • pumping test types;
  • test pumping data analysis;
  • multiple wells;
  • single borehole tests - slug tests


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Objectives of test pumping

  • Planning a well pumping test

  • Types of pumping test

  • Analysis of test pumping data from single wells

  • Multiple wells

  • The shape of the yield–drawdown curve: deviations from the ideal response

  • Interpretation of pumping and recovery test data in hard-rock aquifers

  • Single borehole tests: slug tests

  • Test pumping a major well field: the Gatehampton case study

  • Record-keeping