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Cultural Water Demand in the Virgin River Basin

Cultural water demand data including population, number of wells and the average well pumpage and surface water diversions by the municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors are shown in Table 6.6-8.  Effluent generation including facility ownership, location, population served and not served, volume treated, disposal method and treatment level is shown in Table 6.6-9.  Figure 6.6-11 shows the location of demand centers.  A description of cultural water demand data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on cultural water demand is found in Section 6.0.7For information on gpcd and annual water demand by individual community water systems in this basin see ADWR's Community Water System Program annual water use reporting summary.

Cultural Water Demands

  • Population in this basin increased from 99 in 1980 to 1,532 in 2000 and is projected to reach 3,267 by 2030. 

  • Groundwater demand increased from 5,000 AFA on average in 1971-1975 to approximately 9,150 AFA on average from 1996-2000.  In 2001-2005 groundwater demand was 2,950 AFA on average.

  • Surface water demand was 3,000 AFA on average from 1971-1990 and increased to approximately 6,350 acre-feet in 1996-2000.  In 2001-2005 surface water use was approximately 1,650 AFA on average due to declining agricultural demand.

  • Most basin demand for both surface water and groundwater is for irrigation.  Agricultural demand centers are found in the vicinity of Beaver Dam/Littlefield and Elbow Canyon Road.  Flooding in January 2005 destroyed some of the agricultural fields in this basin.

  • All recorded industrial demand in the basin is for two golf courses. 

  • There are two sand and gravel operations in the vicinity of Scenic and Beaver Dam, their water demand was not available.

  • As of 2005 there were 268 registered wells with a pumping capacity of less than or equal to 35 gallons per minute (gpm) and 136 wells with a pumping capacity of more than 35 gpm.

Effluent Generation

  • Refer to Table 6.6-9.
  • There are four wastewater treatment facilities in this basin, but information on population served, effluent generation and disposal method is available only for the Beaver Dam Sewer Company Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This plant serves 119 people, generates 6.2 acre-feet of effluent and discharges to a watercourse.





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Virgin River Basin

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Cultural Water Demand



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