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A dug well is a shallow large diameter man-made pit or hole, from which groundwater can be abstracted.


A constructed pit or hole in soft geological formations such as alluvium adjacent to rivers. The pit is normally dug by hand or using an excavator and generally has a diameter larger than 0.5 m.

Why are dug wells important?

Dug wells  provide access to the shallow sub-surface and can be used for abstracting and monitoring groundwater.  They are inexpensive to construct and provide easy access to shallow groundwater.  Because of this they are widely used around the world.