Aquifer Storage Recovery: A New Water Supply and Ground Water Recharge Alternative

by R. David Pyne, CH2M Hill Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Artificial Recharge of Ground Water


Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR) involves treated drinking water that is stored underground by injection into a suitable storage zone during those months of the year when available supply and capacity of treatment facilities exceeds system demand. The stored water is recovered from the same wells, chlorinated, and pumped to the distribution system to meet peak demands exceeding treatment plant capacity. Seven ASR systems are reported to be operational in the United States while testing is underway at nine additional sites. The operational sites are in Florida (Manatee County, Peace River, Cocoa, and Port Malabar); New Jersey (Gordons Corner and Wildwood); and California (Goleta and Santa Monica). Testing is underway in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington. From this experience, criteria have been developed for ASR feasibility at other potential sites and for ASR well design.

Subject Headings: Water storage | Groundwater management | Groundwater recharge | Groundwater supply | Water treatment plants | Aquifers | Water demand | Underground storage | United States | Florida | New Jersey | California | South Carolina | Virginia | Arizona | Nevada

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