Ground-water supplies in the Murfreesboro area, Tennessee

Water-Resources Investigations Report 77-86
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Ground water occurs in the Murfreesboro area in solution openings in the otherwise dense paleozoic limestones that underlie most of central Tennessee. Test drilling based on conceptual models of ground-water occurrence in carbonate-rock aquifers indicate that multimillion-gallon-per-day supplies could be developed from strategically located production wells in the Shiloh and Overall Creek localities. The Shiloh locality which encompasses an elongated synclinal depression in the bedrock has the potential to supply 5 to 8 million gallons per day. The Overall Creek locality which straddles a joint-oriented lineament has the potential to supply 3 to 6 million gallons per day. Some local springs could be used as a supplemental source of potable water, but storage facilities would be needed to offset poorly sustained flows during dry periods. An exception is Fox Camp Spring which appears to be a natural well. The quality of ground water in the Murfreesboro area is typically hard, moderately mineralized and moderately to highly alkaline. Although the shallowest aquifers are subject to bacterial contamination from the land surface, aquifers beneath a depth of 100 feet are prone to yield potable water. (Woodard-USGS)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ground-water supplies in the Murfreesboro area, Tennessee
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 77-86
DOI 10.3133/wri7786
Year Published 1977
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description viii, 76 p.
Country United States
State Tennessee
City Murfreesboro
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