Altitude of the potentiometric surface, 2000–15, and historical water-level changes in the Memphis aquifer in the Memphis area, Tennessee

Scientific Investigations Map 3415
Prepared in cooperation with the City of Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division
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Abstract

The Memphis and Fort Pillow aquifers are the principal sources of water for municipal, industrial, and commercial uses in the Memphis area. About 207 million gallons per day of groundwater were withdrawn in Shelby County, Tennessee, from both aquifers in 2010 for these uses, with most of the water coming from the Memphis aquifer. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Memphis, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, collects groundwater-level data in the Memphis area and periodically prepares potentiometric-surface maps for the Memphis aquifer to assess conditions in this regionally important water supply aquifer. This report presents the altitudes of the potentiometric surface of water in wells screened in the Memphis aquifer based on water-level measurements made in the fall of 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015 and describes historical water-level changes in the Memphis aquifer at key observation wells in the Memphis area. The Memphis area is about 1,500 square miles and includes all of Shelby County and parts of Tipton and Fayette Counties in Tennessee, parts of DeSoto and Marshall Counties in Mississippi, and part of Crittenden County in Arkansas.

Suggested Citation

Kingsbury, J.A., 2018, Altitude of the potentiometric surface, 2000–15, and historical water-level changes in the Memphis aquifer in the Memphis area, Tennessee: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3415, 1 sheet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3415.

ISSN: 2329-132X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Memphis Aquifer
  • Potentiometric-Surface Maps
  • Historical Water-Level Changes
  • References

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Altitude of the potentiometric surface, 2000–15, and historical water-level changes in the Memphis aquifer in the Memphis area, Tennessee
Series title Scientific Investigations Map
Series number 3415
DOI 10.3133/sim3415
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
Description Sheet: 41.5 x 37.0 inches; Figures: 5
Country United States
State Tennessee
City Memphis
Other Geospatial Memphis Aquifer
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y