Water Resources of Rapides Parish

Fact Sheet 2009-3056
Prepared in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development



Rapides Parish, located in central Louisiana, contains fresh groundwater and surface-water resources. In 2005, about 443 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) were withdrawn from water sources in Rapides Parish. About 92 percent (409 Mgal/d) was withdrawn from surface water, and 8 percent (34 Mgal/d) was withdrawn from groundwater. Withdrawals for power generation accounted for 91 percent (403 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn. Withdrawals for other uses included public supply (27 Mgal/d), irrigation (9 Mgal/d), and aquaculture (3 Mgal/d). Water withdrawals in the parish generally increased from 1960 to 1995 and decreased from 1995 to 2005. This fact sheet summarizes basic information on the water resources of Rapides Parish, La. Information on groundwater and surface-water availability, quality, development, use, and trends is based on previously published reports listed in the references section.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water Resources of Rapides Parish
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2009-3056
DOI 10.3133/fs20093056
Edition Revised 2011
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Louisiana Water Science Center
Description 6 p.
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