A hydrogeologic investigation was conducted in and around a landfill near Antioch, Illinois, in December 1987. The investigation consisted, in part, of an aquifer test that was designed to determine the hydraulic connection between the hydrogeologic units in the area. The hydrogeologic units consist of a shallow, unconfined, sand and gravel aquifer of variable thickness that overlies an intermediate confining unit of variable thickness composed predominantly of till. Underlying the till is a deep, confined, sand and gravel aquifer that serves as the water supply for the village of Antioch. The aquifer test was conducted in the confined aquifer.
Aquifer-test data were analyzed using the Hantush and Jacob method for a leaky confined aquifer with no storage in the confining unit. Calculated transmissivity of the confined aquifer ranged from 1.96x10^4 to 2.52x10^4 foot squared per day and storativity ranged from 2.10x10^-4 to 8.71x10^-4. Leakage through the confining unit ranged from 1.29x10^-4 to 7.84x10^-4 foot per day per foot, and hydraulic conductivity of the confining unit ranged from 3.22x10^-3 to 1.96x10^-2 foot per day.
The Hantush method for analysis of a leaky confined aquifer with storage in the confining unit also was used to estimate aquifer and confining-unit properties. Transmissivity and storativity values calculated using the Hantush method are in good agreement with the values calculated from the Hantush and Jacob method.
Properties of the confining unit were estimated using the ratio method of Neuman and Witherspoon. The estimated diffusivity of the confining unit ranged from 50.36 to 68.13 feet squared per day, A value for the vertical hydraulic conductivity of the confining unit calculated from data obtained using both the Hantush and the Neuman and Witherspoon methods was within the range of values calculated by the Hantush and Jacob method.
The aquifer-test data clearly showed that the confining unit is hydraulically connected to the confined aquifer. The aquifer-test data also indicated that the unconfined aquifer becomes hydraulically connected to the deep sand and gravel aquifer within 24 hours after the start of pumping in the confined aquifer.