Subsurface storage of liquids in the Floridan aquifer system in South Florida

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Authors:Meyer, Frederick W.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
U. S. Geol. Surv., Tallahassee, FL, United States
Source:Open-File Report - U. S. Geological Survey, No.OF88-0477, 25p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States. ISSN: 0196-1497
Publication Date:1989
Note:In English. 31 refs.Prepared in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Florida Geological Survey, and the South Florida Water Management District
Summary:The Floridan aquifer system in south Florida is composed chiefly of carbonate rocks that range in age from early Miocene to Paleocene. The top of the Floridian aquifer system generally occurs at depths ranging from 500 to 1,000 ft, and the average thickness is about 3,000 ft. It is divided into three general hydrogeologic units that include Upper Floridan aquifer, the middle confining unit, and the Lower Floridan aquifer. Groundwater movement in the Upper Floridan aquifer is generally from the area of highest head in central Florida, eastward to the Straits of Florida, westward to the Gulf of Mexico, and, to a much lesser extent, southward. Injection of nontoxic liquid wastes into deep, saline parts of the Floridan aquifer system as a pollution-control measure began in 1943 with injection of oilfield brine in southwest Florida. Since then, the practice has quickly expanded, and many high capacity municipal and industrial injection wells are now in operation in southeast Florida. The principal use of the Floridan aquifer system in south Florida is for subsurface storage of liquid waste. The Boulder Zone of the Lower Floridan aquifer is extensively used as a receptacle for injected treated municipal wastewater, oilfield brine and, to a lesser extent, industrial wastewater. Pilot studies indicate a potential for cyclic storage of freshwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in south Florida. (USGS)
Subjects:Aquifers; Engineering geology; Fluid injection; Ground water; Injection; Liquid waste; Salt-water intrusion; Surveys; USGS; Waste disposal; Florida; Floridan Aquifer; United States; Southern Florida
Record ID:1989079044
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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