A first-of-its-kind project aimed at training geology students to collect and interpret ground-water data will became operational on the Weber State University campus on May 27, 1999.
The educational well field has been drilled and equipped by the Utah Ground Water Association, the U.S. Geological Survey and Weber State University.
In 1999 these were the first educational wells in the state aimed at providing students at WSU and other educational institutions the opportunity to conduct several types of aquifer tests, which typically involve pumping a known volume of water from a well and monitoring changes of water levels.
The USGS supplied the drilling rig, drilling crew, and an on-site hydrologist.
The drilling supply companies donated parts to construct the well and a pump to be used to conduct the aquifer tests.
The Utah Geological Survey has analyze drill cuttings -- the bits of rock and earth recovered from the hole -- by subjecting them to microscopic examination, and will also provide well logs and tables describing the earth material penetrated by the wells.
The joint effort has emphasizes the importance of this project in light of Wasatch Front growth and the limited amount of water resources in the region.
This educational well field is one of very few nationwide, and the only one in Utah.
Representatives from WSU, hydrologists from the USGS, geologists from the UGS, members of UGWA, and representatives of drilling firms that donated parts for the project have attend the first pumping, which is open to the public.
The educational well field since 1999 has been used to train hundreds of hydrologists and environmental geologists from Weber State University, Utah State University, and the University of Utah.
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