Potential groundwater impacts from civil engineering works
Civil engineering construction works often have a significant impact on
groundwater conditions. Such an impact can range from the derogation of
water sources by dewatering works, to the creation of barriers and pathways
for groundwater flow formed by foundations or ground improvement processes.
In some cases, not all these impacts are identified early enough during the
planning and design process. This paper describes the full range of potential
groundwater impacts which can result form construction activities. The effects
are grouped into five rational categories as an aid to initial assessment. The
need for accurate baseline groundwater environmental data is set out, and
recommendations are made for the planning of monitoring programmes.
Preene, M. and Brassington, F.C. (2003) Potential groundwater impacts
from civil engineering works. Journal of the Chartered
Institution of Water & Environmental Management, Volume 17, Pages 59-64.