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Groundwater Resources: Springs and Wells

COURSE NO: C04-035
Groundwater Resources: Springs and Wells
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides engineers with some of the fundamentals of planning and developing groundwater resources.  It describes the nature of groundwater, methods of obtaining it from springs or wells, and the development and maintenance of groundwater recovery systems.


Groundwater has many advantages over water from other sources and has considerable economic importance. The principal ways of using groundwater are through spring and well developments. A spring is a natural outflow of water from an underground supply to the ground surface.  A well (vertical or horizontal) is a hole drilled, dug, or driven into the earth to obtain groundwater.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for civil, construction, mechanical, and other engineers concerned with the design, development, maintenance, and construction of groundwater recovery systems.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Identifying sources of water supply in water-bearing materials
  • Understanding the effects of geologic structure on groundwater resources
  • Learning the principles of spring design and maintenance
  • Familiarizing with the various types of wells and their development after installation
  • Applying the principles of hydraulics, and pump selection
  • Understanding applicable state laws and groundwater rights
  • Learning the principles of contracts, specifications and abandonment
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 12, “Springs and Wells” of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service document, “Part 650–Engineering Field Handbook, Pub. #210-VI-NEH, July, 2012.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Groundwater Resources: Springs and Wells (4.46 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USDA Publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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