University of California Water Resources Center
Optimal Determination of Stratified Groundwater Basin Characteristics
- Author(s): Shephard, Ronald W
- Todd, David K.
- et al.
The Problem: In order to predict future water level response to well pumpage in large groundwater basins, aquifer characteristics must be known to a reasonable degree of accuracy. Optimal pumping policies can then be developed on the basis of the following criteria: 1) Meet all future water demand; 2) Minimize pumping costs (which are directly related to depth of water level or drawdown); 3) Guard against harmful "mining" of the groundwater resource, with land subsidence and irreversible loss of storage potential as inevitable consequence.