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Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Relief Well

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Maintenance relief wells are constructed to relieve the subsurface hydrostatic pressures which may develop within the pervious foundations of dams, levees, and hydraulic structures. Relief wells function as artificial springs to reduce pressures to safe values. Relief wells consist of a well screen, a riser pipe that is surrounded by a filter material designed to prevent the infiltration of soil fines into the well.

This course will provide the reader with the practical knowledge of the Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Relief Wells. Several figures will be included to illustrate the drains incorporated in drainage systems.

This course material is based on the document “Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Relief Wells,” as published on the website of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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