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Water balance at a low-level radioactive-waste disposal site

Water Resources Bulletin

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1989.tb03075.x

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Abstract

The water balance at a low-level radioactive-waste disposal site in northwestern Illinois was studied from July 1982 through June 1984. Continuous data collection allowed estimates to be made for each component of the water-balance equation independent of other components. The average annual precipitation was 948 millimeters. Average annual evapotranspiration was estimated at 637 millimeters, runoff was 160 millimeters, change in water storage in a waste-trench cover was 24 millimeters, and deep percolation was 208 millimeters. The magnitude of the difference between precipitation and all other components (81 millimeters per year) indicates that, in a similar environment, the water-budget method would be useful in estimating evapotranspiration, but questionable for estimation of other components. Precipitation depth and temporal distribution had a very strong effect on all other components of the water-balance equation. Due to the variability of precipitation from year to year, it appears that two years of data are inadequate for characterization of the long-term average water balance at the site.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Water balance at a low-level radioactive-waste disposal site
Series title:
Water Resources Bulletin
DOI:
10.1111/j.1752-1688.1989.tb03075.x
Volume
25
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Water Resources Association
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Water Resources Bulletin
First page:
381
Last page:
390
Number of Pages:
10