The decline or drying up of groundwater sources near a tunnel route is damaging to groundwater users. Therefore, forecasting the impact of a tunnel on nearby groundwater sources is a challenging task in tunnel design. In this study, numerical and analytical approaches were applied to the Qomroud water conveyance tunnel (located in Lorestan province, Iran) to assess the impact of tunnelling on the nearby extraction water wells. Using simulation of groundwater-level fluctuation owing to tunnelling, the drawdown at the well locations was determined. From the drawdowns and using Dupuit's equation, the depletion of well flow rates after tunnelling was estimated. To evaluate the results, observed well flow rates before and after tunnelling were compared with the predicted flow rates. The observed and estimated water well flows (before and after tunnelling) showed a regression factor of 0.64, pointing to satisfactory results

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