Kicking Off a Yearlong Look into Kitsap Peninsula’s Groundwater Supply

Over the next year, one 900-foot-deep well in Silverdale, Washington will play a key role to help forecast future water needs for Kitsap County communities. A unique year-long pumping test led by Kitsap PUD, with support from Aspect, will produce a treasure trove of water data to evaluate groundwater supply, pumping effects on other groundwater sources, and impacts to streamflows. The well will be pumped continuously at a rate of 1,000 gallons per minute and the effects of the high pumping rate will be measured across a 50+ well network. While pumping tests are a common tool in a hydrogeologist’s tool kit, the year-long length of this test is rare. “Hydrogeologist’s dream of doing this kind of aquifer test,” said Joel Purdy of Kitsap PUD.

Read more about this exciting project in this article from the Kitsap Sun.