Artificial Recharge Using Inflatable Rubber Dams

by Michael R. Markus, (M.ASCE),
Curtis A. Thompson, (M.ASCE),
Matt Ulukaya, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Artificial recharge of ground water is a necessity in Orange County, California, where natural recharge is insufficient to satisfy water demands. Orange County is part of a semiarid coastal plain that receives only 0.3 to 0.5 meters (m) of rainfall each year, and the Orange County Water District (District) is responsible for supplementing nature with artificial recharge to supply 70% of the water needs of the more than two million residents of the area. This paper describes part of the Districts artificial recharge program and the increased production capabilities that were developed by the Santa Ana River Inflatable Rubber Dam Project.

Subject Headings: Artificial recharge | Dams | Rivers and streams | Groundwater recharge | Water meters | Water supply | Arid lands | Coastal plains | California | United States

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