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Open-File Report 2007–1294

Prepared under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development

Ground-Water Levels in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, 2004–2007

By M. Amin Akbari, Mohammad Tahir, David W. Litke, and Michael P. Chornack

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Water levels were monitored in 69 wells in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, starting in July 2004 and continuing through March 2007. The monitoring network is composed of existing water-supply wells; therefore, both static and dynamic water levels were recorded. Very little information is available about the construction or completion of the wells, and there are no geologic logs for the wells being monitored. The majority of the wells are completed in Tertiary or Quaternary sediments. Water levels were measured periodically, generally monthly, by engineers from the Afghanistan Geological Survey using 100-meter electric tapes.

Well depths in the study area ranged from 4.9 to 160 meters. Water levels below land surface ranged from less than 1.5 to 68 meters, while static water levels ranged from 1.5 to 40 meters. Seasonal water-level fluctuations from September 2005 through May 2006 ranged from less than 1 to 8 meters. Water level trends during the study period showed both increases and decreases. Drawdowns due to pumping ranged from 5 to 25 meters.

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Posted February 2008

Suggested citation:

Akbari, M.A., Tahir, M., Litke, D.W., and Chornack, M.P., 2007, Ground-water levels in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, 2004–07: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2007–1294, 46 p.





Description of Study Area

Well Locations

Data-Collection Methods

Water-Level Summary Plots for 2004–07

Central Kabul Ground-Water Area

Logar Ground-Water Area

Deh Sabz Ground-Water Area

Paghman/Upper Kabul Ground-Water Area

Shomali Ground-Water Area

References Cited

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