The Citronelle aquifers in Mississippi

Water-Resources Investigations Report 78-131
Prepared in cooperation with the Mississippi Board of Water Commissioners, Jack W. Pepper, Water Engineer



The Citronelle aquifers consist of sand and gravel of Pliocene age that forms a discontinuous outcrop area of about 6,000 square miles in southern Mississippi. The beds dip to the south at an average rate of about 6 feet per mile. The unconfined aquifers are used mostly for domestic and farm use but also supply water to several municipalities and industries. The average saturated thickness of the aquifers is about 45 feet. This physically limits drawdown space and, although specific capacities are high, yields generally do not exceed a few hundred gallons per minute. Water levels have not declined significantly because withdrawals are small. Water quality is generally good although in some places there are objectionally high concentrations iron and in some the water is acidic.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The Citronelle aquifers in Mississippi
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 78-131
DOI 10.3133/wri78131
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 1 Plate: 37.18 x 33.85 inches
Country United States
State Mississippi
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