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Groundwater Engineering for Water Supplies - Geohydrology Fundamentals

Conrad G. Leszkiewicz, PhD, PE, PG

The dominant application of groundwater engineering is the provision of water supplies for municipalities, agriculture, and industries. Groundwater is the earth’s most abundant available fresh water source, exceeding that in all of the fresh surface water bodies on earth. With increasing demands for water from growing world populations, agriculture, and industry, as well as growing intermittent, if not long-term, shortages of surface water due to droughts, groundwater is becoming an even more important source of fresh water for society.

This 10-hour course is the first part of a three-part series that provides essential tools necessary for effective groundwater engineering for the development of water supplies. It will introduce the reader to the fundamentals of groundwater hydrology. It describes the hydrologic cycle, the subsurface groundwater environment, what aquifers are, characteristics of the saturated and unsaturated zones, and how groundwater moves within and between aquifers and confining beds.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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