Single Location Doublet Well to Reduce Salt-Water Encroachment: Phase I-Numerical Simulation

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Texas Water Resources Institute

C. E. Jacob received patents in 1965 for a single location well doublet that would produce fresh water overlying salt-water without upconing of the heavier salt-water and pollution of the fresh water zone. No known evaluation of the concept or development of design criteria has been accomplished. In this study, a finite difference radial flow model was developed to determine groundwater velocities and salt concentration as a function of time and space. This model was verified and is available for evaluating design criteria for Jacob's single location well doublet. Initial runs with the model indicate that the concept has potential, particularly in aquifers with clay lenses in the salt-water zone. Additional runs with the model will be needed to fully establish the design criteria necessary for Jacob's single location well doublet.