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1.1 This guide covers the use of existing wells for environmental site characterization and monitoring. It covers the following major topics: criteria for determining the suitability of existing wells for hydrogeologic characterization and ground-water quality monitoring, types of data required to document the suitability of an existing well, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of existing large- and small-capacity wells.
1.2 This guide should be used in conjunction with Guide D 5730, that provides a general approach for environmental site investigations.
1.3 This guide does not specifically address design and construction of new monitoring or supply wells. Refer to Practices D 5092 and D 5787.
1.4 This guide does not specifically address ground-water sampling procedures. Refer to Guide D 5903.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. However, dimensions of materials used in the water well industry are given in inch-pound (English) units by convention; therefore, inch-pound units are used where necessary in this guide.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.7 This guide offers an organized collection of information or a series of options and does not recommend a specific course of action. This guide cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this guide may be applicable in all circumstances. This guide is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this guide be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word "Standard" in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids
D5092 Practice for Design and Installation of Groundwater Monitoring Wells
D5254 Practice for Minimum Set of Data Elements to Identify a Ground-Water Site
D5408 Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site; Part One--Additional Identification Descriptors
D5409 Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Ground-Water Site; Part Two--Physical Descriptors
D5410 Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site;Part ThreeUsage Descriptors
D5521 Guide for Development of Groundwater Monitoring Wells in Granular Aquifers
D5730 Guide for Site Characterization for Environmental Purposes With Emphasis on Soil, Rock, the Vadose Zone and Groundwater
D5753 Guide for Planning and Conducting Borehole Geophysical Logging
D5787 Practice for Monitoring Well Protection
D5903 Guide for Planning and Preparing for a Groundwater Sampling Event
D5979 Guide for Conceptualization and Characterization of Groundwater Systems
ICS Number Code 13.020.10 (Environmental management)
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ASTM D5980-96(2004), Standard Guide for Selection and Documentation of Existing Wells for Use in Environmental Site Characterization and Monitoring, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004, www.astm.orgBack to Top