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Hydraulic head is the height above a datum plane such as sea level of the column of water that can be supported by the hydraulic pressure at a given point in a groundwater system.


Elevation to which water will rise in a borehole connected to a point in an aquifer under pressure.

Why is hydraulic head important?

Hydraulic heads provide an indication of the direction of groundwater flow and is used to determine hydraulic gradients.



Hydraulic Head