Appendix F—Ground‐water studies in Central America

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union



In June, 1943, the United States Geological Survey assigned two ground‐water geologists, A. N. SAYRE and G. C. TAYLOR, Jr., to study water‐supply problems in Central America for the Coordinator of Inter‐American Affairs and to make recommendations for remedial measures to provide water for cities and towns, especially along the Inter‐American Highway. El Salvador, where a large number of towns along the highway have serious water‐shortages during the six‐month dry season from December to June, was selected as the country in which most of the work was to be done. The Direccion de Sanidad de Salvador, through its Director, Dr. V. A. SUTTER, provided a list of some 35 cities which suffered the most serious water‐shortages and each of these cities was visited. The geological and ground‐water conditions in the vicinity were studied by reconnaissance‐methods and remedial measures were recommended. In nearly every case the water‐shortage was due in large part to improper or incomplete development of the available supplies. Most municipalities obtained their water‐supplies from springs which either had inadequate flow or were improperly developed. In a few cases the spring‐flow was adequate but a large quantity of water was wasted either through poor distribution‐systems or through breaks in the line that conducted water from the spring to the city. Nearly all of the water works were unsanitary. In most places it appeared likely that adequate supplies can be obtained from wells at relatively shallow depth. In some places adequate supplies can be obtained by proper improvements of springs that are now in use. In a very few cases no remedy for the shortage of water could be suggested.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Appendix F—Ground‐water studies in Central America
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/TR025i005p00724-2
Volume 25
Issue 5
Year Published 1944
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Description 2 p.
First page 724
Last page 725
Country El Salvador
Other Geospatial Central America
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