Water-Level Data for the Albuquerque Basin and Adjacent Areas, Central New Mexico, Period of Record Through September 30, 2015
The Albuquerque Basin, located in central New Mexico, is about 100 miles long and 25–40 miles wide. The basin is hydrologically defined as the extent of consolidated and unconsolidated deposits of Tertiary and Quaternary age that encompasses the structural Rio Grande Rift between San Acacia to the south and Cochiti Lake to the north. Drinking-water supplies throughout the basin were obtained solely from groundwater resources until December 2008, when the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) began treatment and distribution of surface water from the Rio Grande through the San Juan-Chama Drinking Water Project. A 20-percent population increase in the basin from 1990 to 2000 and a 22-percent population increase from 2000 to 2010 may have resulted in an increased demand for water in areas within the basin.
An initial network of wells was established by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque from April 1982 through September 1983 to monitor changes in groundwater levels throughout the Albuquerque Basin. In 1983, this network consisted of 6 wells with analog-to-digital recorders and 27 wells where water levels were measured monthly. The network currently (2015) consists of 124 wells and piezometers. (A piezometer is a specialized well open to a specific depth in the aquifer, often of small diameter and nested with other piezometers open to different depths.) The USGS, in cooperation with the ABCWUA, currently (2015) measures and reports water levels from the 124 wells and piezometers in the network; this report presents water-level data collected by USGS personnel at those 124 sites through water year 2015 (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015).
Beman, J.E., and Bryant, C.F., 2016, Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2015 (ver. 1.1, August 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1025, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1025.
ISSN: 2327-638X (online)
Table of Contents
- Water-Level Data
- References Cited
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2015|
|Series title||Data Series|
|Edition||Version 1.1: August 2021|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||New Mexico Water Science Center|
|Description||iv, 39 p.|
|Other Geospatial||Albuquerque Basin|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|