Accession Number:

ADA439913

Title:

Determining Age and Vertical Contribution of Ground Water Pumped from Wells in a Small Costal River Basin

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2005-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

The age and vertical contribution of ground water flowing into four municipal supply wells were determined under pumping conditions in order to better understand the source of water to the wells. Vertical flowrate inside the wells, located in the Sweetwater River drainage basin of San Diego County, California, was measured at selected depths using a dye-injection technique. Flowmeter results indicate that as much as about half the pumped water comes from the alluvial deposits and half from the underlying San Diego Formation. Chemical analysis of water samples collected at specific depths support this vertical distribution of pumped water. Tritium and carbon-14 data indicate that ground water from the alluvial deposits was recharged less than 50 years ago, and ground water from the San Diego Formation is thousands of years old, some as much as 16,000 years old.

Subject Categories:

  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE