Underground waters are one of the most valuable mineral resources of Iowa and each year they are being more widely used. Since the supply of potable waters is limited, their conservation is a matter for careful consideration. Every effort should he made to guard against contamination and loss. One of the chief causes of mineralogical and bacteriological contamination and loss of desirable water is underground circulation from one water-bearing horizon to another in old or abandoned wells. Plugging abandoned wells, provided it is properly clone, is the best method known to prevent underground circulation. The advantages of cement, mud-laden fluids and other plugging media are discussed. The various methods of emplacing the plugging media are outlined.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1939 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Hershey, H. Garland
"Plugging Abandoned Water Wells,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science: Vol. 46:
, Article 66.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol46/iss1/66