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Ground-water withdrawals and changes in ground-water levels, ground-water quality, and land-surface subsidence in the Houston District, Texas 1980-84

Water-Resources Investigations Report 87-4153

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Abstract

During 1980-84, groundwater withdrawals from the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers in the Houston district decreased from 511 million gallons per day to 444 million gallons per day. The Houston area had the largest decreases in groundwater withdrawal. Water levels generally rose in the eastern part of the Houston district and declined in the western part from spring 1980 to spring 1985. The rise of water levels in wells in the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers was as much as 80 feet and 60 feet, respectively. The decline of water levels in wells in the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers was as much as 40 feet and 80 feet, respectively. In 1980, chloride concentrations in water from the Chicot aquifer ranged from 250 to 790 milligrams per liter, whereas in 1984, chloride concentrations ranged from 180 to 710 milligrams per liter. The concentrations of chloride and dissolved solids in water from the Evangeline aquifer remained less than 100 milligrams per liter and 500 milligrams per liter during 1980-84. Land subsidence is still evident in the Houston district. In general, subsidence rates between 1980 and early in 1985 in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Houston district are less than they were during 1975-79. However, subsidence rates in the western, southwestern, and northern parts of the Houston district during 1980 to early 1985 increased from the 1975-79 rates. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ground-water withdrawals and changes in ground-water levels, ground-water quality, and land-surface subsidence in the Houston District, Texas 1980-84
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
87-4153
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1987
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
v, 56 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.