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Water-budget studies of lower Mesilla Valley and El Paso Valley, El Paso County, Texas

Open-File Report 73-185

Prepared in cooperation with the city of El Paso and the Texas Water Development Board
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Abstract

The total inflow of water to the lower Mesilla Valley in 1970 was 390,510 acre-feet. Of this amount, 43,300 acre-feet was consumptively used by crops and phreatophytes and 4,700 acre-feet was lost by evaporation. Ground-water storage increased by 320 acre-feet, and 360,860 acrefeet left the valley as surface- and ground-water outflow. Ground-water recharge was approximately 26,170 acre-feet.The total inflow to .the lower Mesilla Valley in 197l was 282,880 acre-feet, of which 41,800 acre-feet was consumptively used by crops and phreatophytes and 4,500 acre-feet was lost by evaporation. Ground-water storage decreased by 3,970 acre-feet and 244,320 acre-feet left the valley as surface- and ground-water outflow. Ground-water recharge was approximately 33,500 acre-feet. The average yearly inflow to the El Paso Valley in 1968-71 was 301,770 acre-feet. The average consumptive use by irrigated crops and phreatophytes was 138,870 acre-feet; the average evaporation loss was 27,000 acre-feet; the average change in ground-water storage was a decrease-of 3,225 acre-feet; and the average outflow from the valley was 96,640 acre-feet. Ground-water recharge averaged about 80,710 acre-feet.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water-budget studies of lower Mesilla Valley and El Paso Valley, El Paso County, Texas
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
73-185
Year Published:
1973
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Texas Water Science Center
Description:
Document: 43 p.; 3 Plates: 17.78 x 21.63 inches or smaller
Country:
United States
State:
Texas
County:
El Paso County