Recovery of Freshwater Stored in Saline Aquifers in Peninsular Florida

by Michael L. Merritt, US Geological Survey, Miami, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Subsurface freshwater storage has been operationally tested at seven sites in central and south Florida. Injection was into a high chloride water aquifer at six sites, and into a high sulfate water aquifer at the seventh. Recovery efficiency has ranged from 0 to 75 percent in high chloride water aquifers, and has exceeded 100 percent in the high sulfate water aquifer. Computer modeling techniques were used to examine the geohydrologic, design, and management factors governing the recovery efficiency of subsurface freshwater storage. The modeling approach permitted many combinations of geohydrologic and operational conditions to be studied at relatively low cost.

Subject Headings: Water level | Computer models | Fresh water | Salinity | Chloride | Sulfates | Salt water | Water supply systems | Florida | United States

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