Flowing wells in Michigan, 1974

Water Information Series Report 2
Prepared by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources



Flowing wells yielding fresh water occur in both the glacial drift and the bedrock in Michigan. Most known flowing wells are in the Lower Peninsula because the greater population in that part of the State has led to more frequent drilling. A comparison of flowing-well areas in 1900 with those in 1970 shows a probable decline in head in the glacial drift and the Marshall and Saginaw bedrock formations in the central and southern parts of the Lower Peninsula. Wells having the greatest reported flews are from the Marshall and Saginaw Formations; wells having the greatest heads are from the Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian rock units. Flowing wells in Michigan are largely used for domestic water supplies, although a few are used for municipal and industrial supplies. In general, water from most flowing wells is suitable for domestic use; however, high iron, chloride, and hardness impair water quality at some locations.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype State/Local Government Series
Title Flowing wells in Michigan, 1974
Series title Water Information Series Report
Series number 2
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher Michigan Geological Survey
Publisher location Lansing, MI
Contributing office(s) Michigan Water Science Center
Description 7 p.
Country United States
State Michigan
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