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Groundwater Conditions in the Western Mexican Drainage Basin

Major aquifers, well yields, estimated water in storage, number of index wells and date of last water-level sweep are shown in Table 7.10-4Figure 7.10-6 shows aquifer flow direction and water-level change between 1990-1991 and 2003-2004.  Figure 7.10-7 contains hydrographs for selected wells shown on Figure 7.10-6.  Figure 7.10-8 shows well yields in one category.  A description of well data sources and methods, including water-level changes and well yields, is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.

Major Aquifers

Well Yields

  • Refer to Table 7.10-4 and Figure 7.10-8.
  • As shown on Figure 7.10-8, all recorded well yields less than 100 gpm. 
  • One source of well yield information, based on three reported wells, indicates that the median well yield is 50 gpm.

Natural Recharge

  • Refer to Table 7.10-4.
  • The natural recharge estimate for this basin is 1,000 acre-feet per year (AFA).

Water in Storage

  • Refer to Table 7.10-4.
  • Storage estimates range from 3.0 million acre-feet (maf) to 4.1 maf to a depth of 1,200 feet.

Water Level

  • Refer to Figure 7.10-6. Water levels are shown for wells measured in 2003-2004.
  • The Department annually measures one index well in this basin.  Hydrographs for this well (B) and four other wells are shown on Figure 7.10-7
  • The deepest water level shown on the map is 337 feet at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Headquarters and the shallowest is 27 feet near Puerto Blanco Drive.


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Table 7.10-4 Groundwater Data for the Western Mexican Drainage Basin

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Figure 7.10-6 Western Mexican Drainage Basin Groundwater Conditions

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Figure 7.10-7 Western Mexican Drainage Basin Hydrographs Showing Depth to Water in Selected Wells

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Figure 7.10-8 Western Mexican Drainage Basin Well Yields



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