Ogallala Aquifer

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Ogallala Aquifer

Water Porpuse and Usage

This Aquifer is the most important source of water in the High Plains region.it supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn,cotton,and cattle produced in US It also provides nearly all the water for redidental, industrial, and agriculture use.

The Ogallala Aquifer is located in the High Plains of the United States, extending northward from western Texas to South Dakota.


The Ogallala is being both depleted and polluted.Increased efficiency in irrigation continues to slow the rate of water level decline. State governments and local water districts throughout the region have developed policies to promote groundwater conservation and slow or eliminate the expansion of irrigation.

The percolation rates of contaminants from the surface to the water table have not been established in the areas where polluted water has been found.The future economy of the high plains depends heavily on the Ogallala Aquifer, the main source of water for all uses. The Ogallala will continue to be the lifeblood of the region if it is managed to limit both depletion and contamination.

The average specific yield for the High Plains aquifer is about 0.15.This means that only 15 percent of all the water available in the aquifer can be recovered using irrigation pumps, while the rest remains unused and locked up in the unsaturated zone.Groundwater contamination in the Ogallala became an issue in the 1990s.The high plain aquifer is for the most part, of high quality.



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