A water supply of 50 gpm (gallons per minute) is estimated to be sufficient to supply the present and future water demand at the monument. The Coconino sandstone of Permian age seems to be capable of yielding this quantity to a well between 1,500 and 2,700 feet deep in the vicinity of Fruita. Recharge to this aquifer probably is principally from the Fremont River. Water derived from the Coconino sandstone should be of potable quality. A water supply of suitable chemical quality also could be obtained directly from the Fremont River.
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Water-Supply Possibilities at Capitol Reef National Monument, Utah