Ground Water Canada

Water well system lifespan focus of 2017 McEllhiney Lecture

June 7, 2016  By Ground Water Canada

Westerville, OH – Defining the operational age of a well and redefining the life expectations of a new well are explored in two presentations to be offered during the 2017 William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology.

The 2017 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer, Michael Schnieders, will offer two lecture selections, the National Ground Water Association said in a news release.

“Defining the Operational Age of a Well: Predicting Maintenance Issues in Advance of Failure” examines how to better define a well’s status in relation to its functional lifecycle. It also will look at how to identify when well rehabilitation needs to be done to ensure a long life and reduce operational costs.


“Redefining Life Expectations of New Wells Through an Analysis of Past Failures” looks at how improved methods of investigation, closer monitoring of energy costs, understanding corrosion, and looking at the well as a system can better define all the inputs to allow for advancements in well design, construction, development, operation, and maintenance.

Schnieders is the principal hydrogeologist and president of Water Systems Engineering Inc. in Ottawa, Kan. He is involved with well characterization, and consults on the operation and maintenance of potable water systems. He is the son of the second McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer John H. Schnieders, whose 2002 lecture was titled “Chemical Rehabilitation of Wells.”

Named in honour of the founding president of the National Ground Water Association, the William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology is made possible by a grant from Franklin Electric.

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation makes the McEllhiney Lecture available at no fee for presentations to organized groups of water well contractors and other qualified and interested parties. Meetings and/or conventions of state and/or regional associations are eligible, as are foreign associations of ground water contractors, academic institutions teaching water well technology, gatherings of water well regulators, and other bodies with a direct identifiable interest in water well design and construction.

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