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Potential for using the Upper Coachella Valley ground-water basin, California, for storage of artificially recharged water

January 1, 1994

This report presents a preliminary evaluation of the geohydrologic factors affecting storage of water by artificial recharge in the upper Coachella Valley, Calif. The ground-water basin of the upper Coachella Valley seems to be geologically suitable for large-scale artificial recharge. A minimum of 900 ,000 acre-feet of water could probably be stored in the basin without raising basinwide water levels above those that existed in 1945. Preliminary tests indicate that a long-term artificial recharge rate of 5 feet per day may be feasible for spreading grounds in the basin if such factors as sediment and bacterial clogging can be controlled. The California Department of Water Resources, through the Future Water Supply Program, is investigating the use of ground-water basins for storage of State Water Project water in order to help meet maximum annual entitlements to water project contractors. (USGS)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1980
Title Potential for using the Upper Coachella Valley ground-water basin, California, for storage of artificially recharged water
DOI 10.3133/ofr80599
Authors Michael J. Mallory, Lindsay A. Swain, Stephen J. Tyley
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 80-599
Index ID ofr80599
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse