Ground-Water Withdrawals from the Floridan Aquifer System in the Southeastern United States During 2000
Marella, Richard L.
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The Floridan aquifer system is a highly productive limestone aquifer system that encompasses about 100,000 square miles in the southeastern United States (Figure 1). This aquifer system provides large quantities of water that generally need little or no treatment before use. More than 10 million people, mostly in Florida and Georgia, depend on the Floridan aquifer system for drinking water (serving 8.2 million people through public water supplies and 1.8 million through individual household wells). The aquifer system also provides water that supports agriculture, phosphate and limestone mining, pulp and paper manufacturing, and tourism. This aquifer system is unconfined in many places and has direct hydraulic connection with the land surface. The aquifer system is one of sixteen principal aquifers in the United States currently included in the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program of the U.S. Geological Survey.