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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM039 Module Title: GROUNDWATER CONTROL
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M65
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MATTHEWS MC Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment




Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)




2 hour examination








Coursework – 1 assignment








Qualifying Condition(s) 




An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.




Module Overview
The importance of groundwater is often overlooked since it is out-of-sight. However it is for many people around the world the principal or only source of water supply. Groundwater is a vulnerable resource and without proper consideration for groundwater resources and pollution from surface sources (eg careless disposal of wastes) significant deterioration of water quality can occur requiring difficult and expensive remediation techniques over long periods of time. This module provides a comprehensive overview of groundwater hydrology, the necessary skills to investigate and control groundwater pollution and to design and manage well systems

Normal entry requirements for a level M degree programme and in particular a basic knowledge of the principles of geology, hydrology and seepage theory

Module Aims
To provide students with:
·           a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the importance of groundwater as a source of drinking water
·           a comprehensive understanding of the origins and geological context of groundwater
·           a knowledge of water well design and the techniques used aquifer evaluation
·           a comprehensive understanding of contaminants and pollutants which commonly may influence groundwater quality, and their sources

a knowledge of the methods of investigating and controlling groundwater pollution and risks

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
·         Create detailed timetabled investigations to monitor the quality, safety and reliability of well water at the well head and throughout an aquifer.
·         Identify and evaluate the causes and extent of aquifer pollution problems
·         Propose sustainable logical medium to long-term strategies to manage and protect aquifer quality.
·         Design single and simple multiple well systems.
·         Illustrate the procedures required to develop and maintain well water flow.

Explain the principles of contaminant flow within aquifers.

Module Content
Groundwater origins, geological considerations, common extraction methods
Contaminants: types, sources, methods of transport and governing equations
Aquifer evaluation
Groundwater control techniques and strategies
Sanitary hazard analysis and remediation at the well head
Water well design, drilling, monitoring and maintenance
Groundwater monitoring programmes
Methods of Teaching/Learning
30 hrs lectures, 23 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 95 hrs independent learning.
Total student learning time 150 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
Downing RA, Groundwater: our Hidden Asset, British Geological Survey, 1998. (ISBN 978-0852723043).
Required reading
Bair S and Lahm, JD, Practical Problems in Groundwater Hydrology, Prentice Hall, 2006 (ISBN 978-0131456679).
Chapman DV, Water Quality Assessments. 2nd ed, Spon, 1996. (ISBN 978-0419216001)
Freeze RA and Cherry JA, Groundwater, Prentice Hall, 1979. (ISBN 978-0133653120) [Note:- still in print, no recent revision].
Hiscock K, Hydrogeology: Principles and Practice, WileyBlackwell, 2005. (ISBN 978-0632057634).
MacDonald A, Davies J, Calow R and Chilton J, Developing Groundwater: A Guide for Rural Water Supply, ITDG, 2005. (ISBN 978-1853395963).
Price M, Introducing Groundwater, 2nd ed, Stanley Thornes, 1996. (ISBN 978-0748743711)
Lloyd B and Helmer R, Surveillance of Drinking Water in Rural Areas. Longman Scientific & Technical, 1991. (ISBN 978-0582063303) WHO & UNEP. Chapters 3 -8.
Todd, DK and Mays LW, Groundwater Hydrology, 3rd ed, Wiley and Sons, 2004. (ISBN 978-0471452546).
Recommended background reading
Clayton CRI, Matthews MC and Simons NE, Site Investigation, 2nd ed, Blackwell Science, 1995. (ISBN 06320 29080)
 [Available as a free download from].
Misstear B, Banks D and Clark L, Water Wells and Boreholes. Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2006. (ISBN: 978-0470849897)
Nash H and McCall GJH (eds), Groundwater Quality,Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995. (ISBN 978-0412586200).

Younger PL, Groundwater in the Environment: An Introduction, WileyBlackwell, 2007. (ISBN 978-1405121439).

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