Study to Test a Novel Shallow Well Design that May Provide Contaminant-Free Water Supply to Domestic Well Users in Arsenic-Prone Parts of the United States

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The USGS, the University of New Hampshire, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and the Maine Geological Survey are collaborating on a study of a novel shallow well design that might be able to provide safe drinking water to domestic well users in arsenic-prone parts of the Nation.

Together, they have installed two new wells and are characterizing arsenic and other drinking water contaminants in an effort to better understand the utility of the new design. Real-time water level monitoring is helping to understand the yield characteristics of the wells.

Specifically, this study’s objectives are to:

  • Determine whether suitable yields can be obtained from the new design, and  
  • Characterize the water quality to see if arsenic is reduced or eliminated while providing drinking water without other contaminants


Real-time water level data at well LSW-331: 

Real-time water level data at well CVW-315:


Well design: