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Volume 7 Issue 4
Dec.  2019
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SOSI Benjamin, BARONGO Justus, GETABU Albert, et al. 2019: Electrical-hydraulic conductivity model for a weathered-fractured aquifer system of Olbanita, Lower Baringo Basin, Kenya Rift. Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering, 7(4): 360-372. doi: DOI: 10.19637/j.cnki.2305-7068.2019.04.007
Citation: SOSI Benjamin, BARONGO Justus, GETABU Albert, et al. 2019: Electrical-hydraulic conductivity model for a weathered-fractured aquifer system of Olbanita, Lower Baringo Basin, Kenya Rift. Journal of Groundwater Science and Engineering, 7(4): 360-372. doi: DOI: 10.19637/j.cnki.2305-7068.2019.04.007

Electrical-hydraulic conductivity model for a weathered-fractured aquifer system of Olbanita, Lower Baringo Basin, Kenya Rift

doi: DOI: 10.19637/j.cnki.2305-7068.2019.04.007
  • Publish Date: 2019-12-28
  • Groundwater yield in the Kenya Rift is highly unsustainable owing to geological variability. In this study, field hydraulic characterization was performed by using geo-electric approaches. The relations between electrical-hydraulic (eh) conductivities were modeled hypothetically and calibrated empirically. Correlations were based on the stoch-astic models and field-scale hydraulic parameters were contingent on pore-level parameters. By considering variation in pore-size distributions over eh conduction interval, the relations were scaled-up for use at aquifer-level. Material-level electrical conductivities were determined by using Vertical Electrical Survey and hydraulic conductivities by analyzing aquifer tests of eight boreholes in the Olbanita aquifer located in Kenya rift. VES datasets were inverted by using the computer code IP2Win. The main result is that ln T=0.537 (ln Fa)+3.695; the positive gradient indicating eh conduction through poresurface networks and a proxy of weathered and clayey materials. An inverse (1/F-K) correlation is observed. Hydraulic parameters determined using such approaches may possibly contri-bute significantly towards sustainable yield management and planning of groundwater resources.
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