THE WOODLANDS, TX - August 25, 2015 - Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq: LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") announced today that the NGWA Awards Committee selected Layne's Scavenger Well Couple for Chloride Management Project in Baton Rouge, LA as the recipient of the Groundwater Supply award for 2015. Each year, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) presents the Groundwater Supply Project award to a project that displays outstanding science, engineering or innovation in the area of supplying groundwater.
Saltwater intrusion has become a growing problem for coastal regions. Contamination of freshwater aquifers has forced the closure of well fields, resulting in pumping moratoriums, and requiring expensive infrastructure to maintain hydraulic barriers. Treatment is an option but it produces a waste stream that can be costly to dispose. Layne and Owen and White Engineering recently constructed a scavenger well couple designed to protect Baton Rouge Water Company's Lula Pump Station from saltwater intrusion in one of the major aquifers that supplies water to that city.
Layne employees from its Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Bloomington, Indiana offices worked together to create this one-of-a-kind solution. Special thanks to Bloomington's Vic Kelson and Erik Anderson, Baton Rouge's Bruce Duhe, Scott Lowrey, SE Regional Drilling Superintendent Jace Rawls, and Jackson, Mississippi's Senior Driller Jerry Kitchens. Also instrumental in the execution of this project were, Mark Ruth, Tony Alley, Arthur "Rip" Collins and Carl King. This innovative project was the result of four years of collaborative work between Layne, its engineering colleagues at Owen and White Engineering (Baton Rouge, LA), and its client, Baton Rouge Water Company (BRWC).
In January 2012, Layne completed a study for BRWC, "Remedial Options for Saltwater Encroachment in the "1,500-Foot Sand". Soon after the report, the scavenger-well objective was selected by Eugene Owen, Chairman of the Board of BRWC and CEO of Owen & White Engineering. In the 1960s, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted an experiment using two wells to separate fresher water from brackish water in southern Louisiana; however, that methodology had never been applied in a full-scale operation. Layne's Vic Kelson had knowledge of a similar methodology that had been used in Europe. The team collaboratively adapted the two-well approach for the protection of the Lula Station.
The scavenger-well couple is a cost-effective and sustainable way to protect well fields in many coastal aquifers. This project has created a buzz in the Baton Rouge area since construction began in 2013. For BRWC, the scavenger well couple is expected to ensure the sustainable operation of the Lula Station for 20 to 30 years. While the application is site-dependent, this approach provides a potential solution for utilities that utilize aquifers impacted by saltwater intrusion.
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