Ground‐water for air‐conditioning on Long Island, New York

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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During the last five years ground‐water has been more and more extensively used for air‐conditioning on Long Island, New York. The wide‐spread occurrence of highly permeable water‐bearing material and the relatively small cost of installation and operation of a ground‐water, air‐conditioning system has resulted in many such installations by theaters, restaurants, stores, and other establishments. Many companies likewise have taken advantage of these favorable factors and are utilizing low‐temperature ground‐water for cooling purposes in the manufacture of ice. This new use of ground‐water has considerably increased the draft in the western end of Long Island where there had already been so much over‐development that the watertable was below sea‐level in an area of more than 40 square miles. In 1933 the State Legislature, recognizing the seriousness of this over‐development, passed a law requiring that the approval, of the State Water Power and Control Commission be secured before constructing a well with a capacity greater than 100,000 gallons a day. Since the passage of the law the‐policy of the Commission has been to require water pumped from new‐wells for cooling purposes to be returned to the ground. This requirement has resulted in the construction of many recharge‐wells (locally called diffusion‐wells) through which the warm water is returned to the ground.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ground‐water for air‐conditioning on Long Island, New York
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR019i001p00412
Volume 19
Issue 1
Year Published 1938
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 7 p.
First page 412
Last page 418
Country United States
State New York
Other Geospatial Long Island
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