Availability of ground water for public-water supply in the Pensacola area, Florida: interim report, June 1971

Open-File Report 72-002
Prepared by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation with the City of Pensacola through Bureau of Geology, Florida Department of Natural Resources



Statement of the problem

Earlier hydrologic studies show that ample quantities of soft water of low dissolved solids content are obtainable from the sand-and-gravel aquifer in the Pensacola area. Some wells drilled for the city of Pensacola have yielded water with unacceptably high amounts of iron and carbon dioxide, and wells have had disappointingly low yields. The city, therefore, is seeking hydrologic information, including water-quality data, in an effort to avoid the high cost of well abandonment and to plan for future expansion of the water-supply system.


Objectives and approach

This study is intended to provide information on the quality and quantity of water available from the sand-and-gravel aquifer, the only fresh-water aquifer in the Pensacola area, and to delineate those areas favorable for public-supply well sites.


The project area is southern Escambia County, from Pensacola to S.R. (State Road) 196 north of Quintette (fig. 1). During the first year, effort was concentrated in the southern half of the area, generally south of 30°30', which approximately coincides with Interstate Highway 10 in southeastern Escambia County.


The investigation included the collection of well data, chemical analyses of water samples, test drilling, radioactivity logging of test holes and other wells, and water-level measurements.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Availability of ground water for public-water supply in the Pensacola area, Florida: interim report, June 1971
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 72-002
DOI 10.3133/ofr72002
Year Published 1971
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Tallahassee, FL
Description Report: 56 p.; 4 plates: 9.31 x 7.99 inches
Country United States
State Florida
County Escambia County
City Pensacola
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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