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Well Re-Development in New England

American Institute of Professional Geologists
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This course is designed to provide water utility personnel, engineers, hydrogeologists, regulatory officials, and other interested persons an understanding about the sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers in New England, how and why well performance declines over time, and information about available options for rehabilitating these wells.

The course begins with an introduction to the glacial and bedrock geology of New England, including the formation of these geological features, information on why a groundwater well in this geological terrane needs to be re-developed, and tools for assessing when a well needs to be re-developed.

The course also provides information on different well types, water well terminology, groundwater flow into well screens, and a discussion of specific capacity as it applies to sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers. Specific capacity is easy to calculate and use as a measure of the performance of your well, but something that is often overlooked.

Moving forward, there is a segment on declining well performance and the chemical, physical, and microbiological factors that are the cause for drop in performance in wells. This section is followed by a segment on the variety of techniques, both physical and chemical, that can be used to rehabilitate wells and improve specific capacity.

The course finishes with a section on understanding the costs and permitting considerations involved in well rehabilitation.

Course Objectives

Students are expected to learn the following when they take this course:

  • The geology of New England sand and gravel and bedrock aquifers
  • Why and how wells need to be re-developed in this terrane
  • How specific capacity applies to a well re-development
  • Cost and regulatory considerations for well re-development

Course Format

This is an asynchronous short-course that contains videos, resources for learning more, and a set of questions in each section to help facilitate learning. An asynchronous course is a course that can be done on your own time. Feel free to pause, take a break, and come back to your saved progress to continue with the course. There is no deadline for completion of this course.

Note: For tips on taking this course via the edX mobile app, please visit the edX Learner’s Guide, and read the section on using the edX mobile app for the most up-to-date information.

Obtaining Continuing Education Units

If your course grade is at least 70%, you may apply for 0.5 CEU credit. There is an administrative fee for the issuance of the CEU, and you can view the fee structure here. You can check your final grade by clicking on the Progress menu item in the course navigation menu at the top of the page.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Staff

American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I take the course using the edX mobile app?

For tips on taking the course via the edX mobile app, please visit the edX Learner’s Guide, and read the section on using the edX mobile app for the most up-to-date information.

Do I have to take this course all at one time to pass it?

No, in fact that's the advantage of offering asynchronous online courses. You can go through the course at your own pace, pause when you wish, save your progress, and resume the course when it’s convenient for you to do so.

Do I have to pay a registration fee for the course?

There is no registration fee for the course. You may view the entire course, and complete all the assessments, assignments, and exams at no cost.

Are Continuing Education Units available for this course?

If you would like to receive credit for the course and obtain CEUs, you will need to pass the course with a minimum of a 70%, fill out a form to register for the CEUs, and pay an administrative fee. The administrative fee for CEUs varies for each course. Please see details in the “How to Obtain CEUs” section at the end of each course.