Well pumping can draw down the local water table.

Diagram showing how well pumping can draw down the local water table.

Detailed Description

The pumping of wells can have a great deal of influence on water levels below ground, especially in the vicinity of the well, as this diagram shows. Depending on geologic and hydrologic conditions of the aquifer, the impact on the level of the water table can be short-lived or last for decades, and the water level can fall a small amount or many hundreds of feet. Excessive pumping can lower the water table so much that the wells no longer supply water—they can "go dry."

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Image Dimensions: 429 x 287

Location Taken: US