An aquifer test is carried out to ascertain the hydrogeological characteristics of the ground so that any unforeseen conditions can be factored in during the design stage. Firstly, water is abstracted from the aquifer by pumping at a controlled rate and the water level response – or drawdown – is observed in a series of observation wells. Response data from pumping tests are used to estimate the hydraulic properties of the aquifers, evaluate well performance and identify aquifer boundaries. The advantage is that this process is far less costly in the context of a dewatering project once work on site begins.

The resulting data also helps to:
• estimate hydraulic properties of an aquifer system for dewatering design and water supply
• to determine the transmissivity, hydraulic conductivity and the specific storage of the aquifer
• identify and locate recharge and no-flow boundaries
• specific yield or drainable porosity
• leakage coefficient

Careful measuring, controlling and recording of the flow rate throughout the test is essential for successful results. Alba Dewatering has cultivated a strong history in delivering cost-effective bespoke pump testing and monitoring solutions to the UK market. Interested? Contact us today to get a quote, or reach out to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram pages to find out more.

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What our clients say

“I’m emailing about the dewatering we have set up on site …. it’s all working which is fantastic … and a big thankyou to you and your team on that front.”

S.E, J N Bentley

Brilliant service, very responsive and quick to attend to install, deal with any issues and demobilise.

Craig H., Shannonside Civil Engineering
… we were very happy with your service.

From appointment to you being on site the time frame was very quick (a few days)…On site works were also hassle free.

We would be happy to use your services again

Pat M., Lavin Group
Excellent company – would be delighted to use their services again if and when I have a requirement.
Dominic N., JD Excavations

Great workmanship as always. Works through all the elements!

Carwyn H., Binnies

Alba advised and installed complex dewatering system on our site; the Alba Ops on the ground were very knowledgeable and installation went as planned.

On a few occasions I had to call the Alba Foreman for advice out of hours; each time the phone was answered and I was given instructions over the phone to rectify the problem.

Andres S.
My colleagues and I at A Hak echo the praise and appreciation at the sterling work …the crew have done for us on the project. They faced a difficult task in the narrowest of working areas and they performed admirably.

We were also extremely impressed at the way they mucked in generally, earning praise and respect from all.

Many thanks from all the team, and we will not hesitate to use Alba Dewatering again on future projects.

Rob B., K Home International

Couldn’t fault your company one bit, dealt with Chris from start to finish and it was a pleasure dealing with him, organised everything on site and your team carried out first class job for us.

We will definitely be using you again.

Pete B, Caecillian Ltd
We used the guys at Alba a few years ago on a major project for some significant over pumping and control and the service was flawless – would recommend every time….
John H.

I spent a year in Barrow as Construction Manager for UU on this project with Farrans. The tidal range dictated the hours we worked and has to be one of the top 5 projects I have been involved in. The ground conditions were a challenge to say the least. When anyone says we have have bad ground, I always pull up videos from Barrow. Alba with Farrans and JD excavations worked with collaboration as a key focus to achieve the end goal. Without Alba the project would simply not have been completed on time and to budget.

Daniel T.
Our go-to dewatering specialist.
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