Ground-water withdrawals and changes in ground-water levels, ground-water quality, and land-surface subsidence in the Houston District, Texas, 1980-84

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Authors:Williams, James F., III; Ranzau, C. E., Jr.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
U. S. Geol. Surv., Austin, TX, United States
Source:Reston, VA [Water-Resources Investigations - U. S. Geological Survey, No.WRI87-4153, 56p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey,], United States. ISSN: 0092-332X
Publication Date:1987
Note:In English. Prepared in cooperation with City of Houston and Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence Dist.. 33 refs. Hydrogeol. maps
Summary:During 1980-84, groundwater withdrawals from the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers in the Houston district decreased from 511 million gallons per day to 444 million gallons per day. The Houston area had the largest decreases in groundwater withdrawal. Water levels generally rose in the eastern part of the Houston district and declined in the western part from spring 1980 to spring 1985. The rise of water levels in wells in the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers was as much as 80 feet and 60 feet, respectively. The decline of water levels in wells in the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers was as much as 40 feet and 80 feet, respectively. In 1980, chloride concentrations in water from the Chicot aquifer ranged from 250 to 790 milligrams per liter, whereas in 1984, chloride concentrations ranged from 180 to 710 milligrams per liter. The concentrations of chloride and dissolved solids in water from the Evangeline aquifer remained less than 100 milligrams per liter and 500 milligrams per liter during 1980-84. Land subsidence is still evident in the Houston district. In general, subsidence rates between 1980 and early in 1985 in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Houston district are less than they were during 1975-79. However, subsidence rates in the western, southwestern, and northern parts of the Houston district during 1980 to early 1985 increased from the 1975-79 rates. (USGS)
Subjects:Aquifers; Engineering geology; Ground water; Hydrogeologic maps; Hydrogeology; Land subsidence; Levels; Maps; Surveys; USGS; Water quality; Chambers County Texas; Chicot Aquifer; Evangeline Aquifer; Fort Bend County Texas; Galveston County Texas; Gulf Coastal Plain; Harris County Texas; Liberty County Texas; Texas; United States; Waller County Texas; Houston region; Jasper Aquifer; Southeastern Texas
Record ID:1988049550
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from USGS product, Selected Water Resources Abstracts, Reston, VA, United States
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