Controlled induced recharge tests at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Journal - American Water Works Association



This article discusses the results of a controlled field testing program, which indicated that definite hydraulic and other advantages may be gained from induced recharging as practiced at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Results include the following: water levels and artesian pressures can be maintained at high stages, the results are lower pumping lifts and substantial reductions in the amount of power used for pumping; the high water levels permit increased rates of withdrawal during periods of peak demand; encroachment of poor quality water from other aquifers is minimized; the surface water induced into the aquifer is filtered naturally through great thicknesses of earth materials; natural underground storage is used to conserve and protect water, which otherwise would flow largely to waste; and, significant supplemental benefits, including flood control, have been derived. The tests demonstrated that it is possible to manipulate the regimen of a complex hydrologic system for definite hydraulic benefits with predictable results. Furthermore with current methods, quantitative evaluations may be made of the effects of induced recharge. The results of the tests, therefore, are applicable in other areas of similar hydrogeologic environments.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Controlled induced recharge tests at Kalamazoo, Michigan
Series title Journal - American Water Works Association
Volume 54
Issue 2
Year Published 1962
Language English
Publisher American Water Works Association
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Michigan Water Science Center
First page 181
Last page 196
Country United States
State Michigan
City Kalamazoo
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