Major aquifers, well yields, estimated natural recharge, estimated water in storage, number of index wells and date of last water-level sweep are shown in Table 4.1-6. Figure 4.1-6 shows aquifer flow direction and water-level change between 1990-1991 and 2003-2004. Figure 4.1-7 contains hydrographs for selected wells shown on Figure 4.1-6. Figure 4.1-8 shows well yields in five yield categories. A description of aquifer data sources and methods as well as well data sources and methods, including water-level changes and well yields are found in Volume 1, Appendix A. For more information on groundwater in the Big Sandy Basin click here.
- Refer to Table 4.1-6 and Figure 4.1-6.
- Major aquifers in the basin include recent stream alluvium, basin fill and sedimentary rock (R Aquifer).
- This basin contains two sub-basins, Wikieup and Fort Rock.
- Flow direction is generally from the north to the south.
- Refer to Table 4.1-6 and Figure 4.1-8.
- As shown on Figure 4.1-8 well yields in this basin range from less than 100 gallons per minute (gpm) to greater than 2,000 gpm.
- One source of well yield information, based on 87 reported wells, indicates that the median well yield in this basin is 300 gpm.
- Refer to Table 4.1-6.
- The estimated natural recharge for this basin is 22,000 acre-feet per year (AFA).
Water in Storage
- Refer to Figure 4.1-6. Water levels are shown for wells measured in 2003-2004.
- The Department annually measures 18 index wells in this basin. Hydrographs for four of these wells are shown in Figure 4.1-7. More recent hydrographs of the index wells may be available through the Department's GWSI webpage.
- The deepest recorded water level in the basin is 488 feet near the northeastern basin boundary and the shallowest is 15 feet south of Wikieup.
Click for Table 4.1-6 Groundwater Data for the Big Sandy Basin
Click for Figure 4.1-6 Big Sandy Basin Groundwater Conditions
Click for Figure 4.1-7 Big Sandy Basin Hydrographs Showing Depth to Water in Selected Wells
Click for Figure 4.1-8 Big Sandy Basin Well Yields