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Cultural Water Demand in the Big Sandy 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 4.1-8.  There are no wastewater treatment plants in this basin.  Figure 4.1-10 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 demands is found in Section 4.0.7. For 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

  • Refer to Table 4.1-8 and Figure 4.1-10.
  • Population in this basin is relatively small but has almost tripled since 1980, increasing from 434 in 1980 to 1,142 in 2000.   

  • All water use in this basin is groundwater. Groundwater demand has increased, with an average of 2,500 AFA in 1971-1975 to an average of approximately 15,900 AFA in 2001-2005.

  • Agricultural demand is minimal, with less than 300 AFA from 1991-2005.  Agricultural demand centers are small acreages located south of Cane Springs and south of Wikieup along Highway 93.

  • Municipal groundwater demand is also minimal in this basin, with less than 300 AFA on average. Municipal demand centers are located in the vicinity of Wikieup and at Cane Springs along Highway 93.

  • There is significant industrial groundwater demand in this basin. 15,600 AFA on average during 2001-2005 was pumped and transported via pipeline to the Bagdad Mine in the Bill Williams Basin. 

  • As of 2005 there were 1,240 registered wells with a pumping capacity of less than or equal to 35 gpm and 222 wells with a pumping capacity of more than 35 gpm.

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Cultural Water Demand

 

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