Regional Transect Study - southern High Plains
The southern High Plains aquifer is the primary source of water for domestic, industrial, and irrigation uses in parts of Texas and New Mexico. Water-level declines of more than 100 feet in some areas of the aquifer have increased the demand for water deeper in the aquifer. The average saturated thickness of the aquifer was 59 feet in 2000. As the demand for deeper water increases, it becomes increasingly important for resource managers to understand how the quality of water in the aquifer changes with depth.
In 2001, 8 nested monitoring wells at 2 locations in the Panhandle of Texas (see map) were completed at various depths in the southern High Plains aquifer (USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5053). Water samples were collected once from each well in 2002 to measure vertical gradients in water chemistry in the aquifer.
View or download the water-quality data for each well within the entire data set below.
The coding guide contains codes and descriptions for selected parameters in the data sets.