Geohydrologic reconnaissance of drainage wells in Florida; an interim report

Open-File Report 82-860
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Drainage wells are used to inject surface waters directly into an aquifer, or shallow ground waters directly into a deeper aquifer, primarily by gravity. Such wells in Florida may be grouped into two broad types: (1) Surface-water injection wells, and (2) interaquifer connector wells. Surface-water injection wells are commonly used to supplement drainage for urban areas in karst terranes of central and north Florida. Data are available for 25 wells in the Ocala, Live Oak, and Orlando areas that allow comparison of the quality of water samples from these Floridan aquifer drainage wells with allowable contaminant levels. Comparison indicates that maximum contaminant levels for turbidity, color, and iron, manganese, and lead concentrations are equaled or exceeded in some drainage-well samples, and relatively high counts for coliform bacteria are present in most wells. Interaquifer connector wells are used in the phosphate mining areas of Polk and Hillsborough Counties, to drain mining operations and recharge the Floridan aquifer. Water-quality data available from 13 connector wells indicate that samples from most of these wells exceed standards values for iron concentration and turbidity. One well yielded a highly mineralized water, and samples from 6 of the other 12 wells exceed standards values for gross alpha concentrations. (USGS)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geohydrologic reconnaissance of drainage wells in Florida; an interim report
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 82-860
DOI 10.3133/ofr82860
Edition -
Year Published 1982
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description iv, 63 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.