Extended Explanation

My Aquifer > Groundwater Basics > Why do some wells flow?

 

The Vocabulary Term!artesian well shown in Figure 6 is a special kind of artesian well because it is a flowing artesian well. Like a pipe full of water, the Vocabulary Term!confined aquifer into which this well is drilled sustains higher water pressure than in the Vocabulary Term!unconfined aquifer above it, so that water is forced to rise higher in the artesian well than the local water table around it. If the water level rises above the top of the well, the well flows under natural water pressure.