Evaluation of the Pagosa Springs Geothermal Reservoir and Implications of Potential Additional Reservoir Development

by Jon Ford, Leonard Rice Consulting Water, Engineers, Inc, Denver, United States,
Dennis McGrane, Leonard Rice Consulting Water, Engineers, Inc, Denver, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems

Abstract: The Town of Pagosa Springs is located 280 miles from Denver on the north bank of the San Juan River in southwest Colorado as shown on the Index Map, Some time before 1920 the first well was drilled into the geothermal reservoir (temperature 55° to 70° C) beneath the Town. Over the years, as many as 30 wells typically 300 to 500 feet deep have been drilled and used for space heating, pools and bathhouses (Galloway, 1980).

Subject Headings: Reservoirs | Thermal power | Temperature effects | Drilling | High-rise buildings | Mapping | River bank stabilization | Wells (water) | North America | Colorado | United States | Denver

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