A grant provided by Northrop Grumman Corp. allowed Rose State College to dig a well on campus during the winter break.
A grant provided by Northrop Grumman Corp. allowed Rose State College to dig a well on campus during the winter break. The purpose of the well is to help educate environmental science students on issues regarding water resources.
The well is roughly 35 feet deep, with underground water deposits. Unlike surface water, the underground deposits are not susceptible to evaporation, making them a viable commodity during a drought.
The last straw
“Beneath the cap, there’s a tube that goes down the well’s full length,” Stephen Lynch, physics lab assistant said, “It’s similar to a glass of water with a drinking straw. The water level inside the straw is equal to the outside water level.”
Lynch said that by measuring the water levels, we could determine how long it takes the well to replenish itself between uses.
When digging the well, a geological instrument gathered core soil samples. Three 10-foot-long segments were collected, and are currently stored in the physics lab. There are plans to construct a display case for the soil samples.
The new well is one of many projects funded by the $15,000 Northrop Grumman Corp. grant provided to the campus. The grant goes to help develop Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
Other technology funded by the grant includes: