Fluoride, Nitrate, and Dissolved-Solids Concentrations in Ground Waters of Washington

Open-File Report 82-508

Prepared in cooperation with the State of Washington Department of Ecology



This study provides basic data on ground-water quality throughout the State. It is intended for uses in planning and management by agencies and individuals who have responsibility for or interest in, public health and welfare. It also provides a basis for directing future studies of ground-water quality toward areas where ground-water quality problems may already exist. The information presented is a compilation of existing data from numerous sources including: the Washington Departments of Ecology and Social and Health Services, the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as many other local, county, state and federal agencies and private corporations. Only data on fluoride, nitrate, and dissolved-solids concentrations in ground water are presented, as these constituents are among those commonly used to determine the suitability of water for drinking or other purposes. They also reflect both natural and man-imposed effects on water quality and are the most readily available water-quality data for the State of Washington. The percentage of wells with fluoride, nitrate, or dissolved-solids concentrations exceeding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Regulations were about 1, about 3, and about 3, respectively. Most high concentrations occurred in widely separated wells. Two exceptions were: high concentrations of nitrate and dissolved solids in wells on the Hanford Department of Energy Facility and high concentrations of nitrate in the lower Yakima River basin. (USGS)

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USGS Numbered Series
Fluoride, Nitrate, and Dissolved-Solids Concentrations in Ground Waters of Washington
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
WRI/OFR 82-508
Year Published:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
4 Sheets (3 maps and 1 data sheet; each sheet 21 x 27 inches)