Groundwater-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and Adjacent Areas

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The Albuquerque hydrologic basin extends along the Rio Grande from Cochiti in the north to San Acacia in the south. Increases in groundwater pumping to accommodate population growth in the basin resulted in substantial groundwater-level drawdown in some areas.

Background:

An initial network of water-level monitoring wells was established by the USGS in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque in 1982. This network consisted of 6 wells with analog-to-digital recorders and 27 wells that were measured monthly. The network, now operated in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), currently consists of 122 wells and piezometers that are measured at time intervals ranging from hourly to quarterly.

 

Approach:

The current network consists of 122 wells of which 69 have instruments that record water levels hourly, 51 are measured semiannually, and two are measured quarterly. All of the data are entered and stored in the USGS NWIS database and are available to the public through the USGS NWIS Web.

 

Objectives:

  • Monitor groundwater levels throughout the Albuquerque Basin
  • Make the water-level data available to water resource agencies and the public