Groundwater Pumping

Groundwater pumping is used to manage the groundwater to contain or remove a plume, or to adjust groundwater levels to prevent the formation of a plume.

Pump-and-treat systems are widely used in site remediation and are effective for containing contaminant plumes and removing contaminant mass. The methods use one or more extraction wells.

The groundwater removed during pumping is treated at the surface and discharged. The discharge may occur either to a point where it does not supply any recharge to the aquifer, or to a point in the aquifer itself where it does not influence the velocity field around the pumping wells or enhances natural biodegradation.


This flowchart illustrates all possible stages of the remediation process and is fully interactive; click on each process box for a detailed description...