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Standard Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site;
Part OneAdditional Identification Descriptors

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Standard Guide for Set of Data Elements to Describe a Groundwater Site;
Part OneAdditional Identification Descriptors (Withdrawn 2019)


1.1 This guide is Part One of three guides to be used in conjunction with Practice D5254 that delineates the data desirable to describe a ground-water data collection or sampling site. This guide describes additional information beyond the minimum set of data elements that may be needed to identify a ground-water site. Part Two identifies physical descriptors, such as construction, for a site, while Part Three identifies usage descriptors, such as monitoring, for an individual ground-water site.

Note 1-A ground-water site is defined as any source, location, or sampling station capable of producing water or hydrologic data from a natural stratum from below the surface of the earth. A source or facility can include a well, spring or seep, and drain or tunnel (nearly horizontal in orientation). Other sources, such as excavations, driven devices, bore holes, ponds, lakes, and sinkholes, that can be shown to be hydraulically connected to the ground water, are appropriate for the use intended. Note 2-Part Two (Guide D5409) includes individual site characteristic descriptors (7 data elements), construction descriptors (56 data elements), lift descriptors (16 data elements), geologic descriptors (26 data elements), hydraulic descriptors (20 data elements), and spring descriptors (11 data elements). Part Three (Guide D5410) includes monitoring descriptors (77 data elements), irrigation descriptors (4 data elements), waste site descriptors (9 data elements), and decommissioning descriptors (8 data elements). For a list of descriptors in this guide, see Section 4.

1.2 These data elements are described in terms used by ground-water hydrologists. Standard references, such as the Glossary of Geology and various hydrogeologic professional publications, are used to determine these definitions. Many of the suggested elements and their representative codes are those established by the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey and used in the National Water Information Systems computerized data base (1-9).

Note 3-The purpose of this guide is to suggest data elements that can be collected for ground-water sites. This does not uniquely imply a computer data base, but rather data elements for entry into any type of permanent file. Note 4-Component and code lists given with some of the data elements, for example "Format of Other Data," are only suggestions. These lists can be modified, expanded, or reduced for the purpose intended by the company or agency maintaining the ground-water data file. Note 5-Use of trade names in this guide is for identification purposes only and does not constitute endorsement by ASTM.

1.3 This guide includes the data elements desirable to identify a ground-water site beyond those given in the "Minimum Set of Data Elements." Some examples of the data elements are map identification, permitting facts, and supporting information. No single site will need every data element, for example, many ground-water sites do not need the data elements described in the legal record group. Each record (group of related data elements) for a site has mandatory data elements, such as the date for the ownership record. However, these elements are considered necessary only when that specific record is gathered for the site.

1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The SI units given in parentheses are for information only.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


Data confidence classification; Ground water; Identification descriptors; Land-net location; Monitoring identification; Sampling-soil; Site identification; Water allocation; Water quality; data elements to describe ground-water site-additional identification; descriptors (part 1), guide; ICS Number Code 13.060.10 (Water of natural resources); 35.240.60 (IT applications in transport and trade)

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Oct. 1, 1998

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