Design and construction of a dual recharge system at Minot, North Dakota




In 1965, a ground-water recharge facility was constructed and placed in operation to forestall an impending water shortage at Minot, North Dakota. The facility is unique in that the rate of recharge to a buried sand and gravel aquifer is augmented by perforating an overlying bed of clay using hydraulic connectors (gravel-filled bored holes) in conjunction with an open-pit excavation. The connectors were drilled by typical well-boring techniques and the open pit was excavated by common construction methods. The recharge technique made it possible to add about million gallons per day of water to underground storage with a total capital investment of about $200,000. The alternative originally proposed was a 50-mile long pipeline to Garrison Reservoir, at a 1959 estimated cost of $12,000,000. The recharge technique employed at Minot should have wide application in the ground-water industry in areas where natural recharge to permeable deposits is impeded by overlying beds of low permeability.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Design and construction of a dual recharge system at Minot, North Dakota
Series title Groundwater
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6584.1968.tb01650.x
Volume 6
Issue 4
Year Published 1968
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Contributing office(s) North Dakota Water Science Center, Dakota Water Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 4
Last page 8
Country United States
State North Dakota
City Minot
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