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Water-supply potential of the Floridan Aquifer in Osceola, eastern Orange, and southwestern Brevard counties, Florida

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4135

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Abstract

The city of Melbourne and adjacent areas in south Brevard County obtain their water supply from Lake Washington. As of 1982, the lake could provide a maximum of 15 million gallons per day but the projected need for the year 2000 is nearly three times that amount. As one alternative for a future water supply, this study investigated with a digital model, the potential yields of well fields completed in the Floridan aquifer. Seven pumping schemes were simulated with the digital model. Each simulation was made under steady-state conditions so that storage properties of the ground-water system were not included. The most advantageous area for ground-water development was in central Osceola County. Poor quality of water precluded locating a well field within Brevard County. If the ground-water alternative is chosen for the future supply, an observation well network is advisable to monitor head changes; chloride concentration trends east of the pumping centers; and chloride concentration trends in zones below the pumped zone. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water-supply potential of the Floridan Aquifer in Osceola, eastern Orange, and southwestern Brevard counties, Florida
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
84-4135
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1985
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
vi 69 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.