Well Point

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Well Point


a device in the form of a tube (usually with a diameter of 40–70 mm) that has a filter at the end and is used to lower the level of groundwater. Two types of well points—the light and ejector types—are used.

A light well point is connected by a rubber hose and a vacuum conduit to a pumping unit located on the surface. Water is pumped out by means of rarefaction in the well point and conduit, which is produced by a vacuum pump. The height of lift of the water may be up to 6 m. In an ejector well point the water is pumped and a vacuum that promotes drying of the rock is created by an ejector (water-jet pump) mounted within the well point. The ejector is driven by a jet of water forced through the distribution duct by a centrifugal pump located on the surface. An ejector well point raises water from a depth of 18–20 m.

A concentrated ejector well point (a so-called concentric vacuum hole) that makes possible accelerated drying of all water-bearing beds has been developed and introduced in the USSR for complex hydrogeological conditions (interstratification of water-bearing and waterproof rocks, low water permeability, and the presence of quicksand).


Ponizhenie urovnia gruntovykh vod legkimi iglofil’trovymi ustanovkami i ezhektornymi iglofil’trami. Moscow, 1958.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

well point

A hollow rod with a perforated intake at its lower end, which is pointed; driven into the ground and connected to a pump, to remove water at an excavation site.
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