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Open-File Report 2009-1125

Prepared in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

Water-Level Data for the Albuquerque Basin and Adjacent Areas, Central New Mexico, Period of Record Through September 30, 2008

By Joseph E. Beman


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The Albuquerque Basin, located in central New Mexico, is about 100 miles long and 25 to 40 miles wide. The basin is defined as the extent of consolidated and unconsolidated deposits of Tertiary and Quaternary age that encompass the structural Rio Grande Rift within the basin. Drinking-water supplies throughout the basin are currently (2008) obtained solely from ground-water resources. An increase of about 20 percent in the population from 1990 to 2000 also resulted in an increased demand for water. A network of wells was established to monitor changes in ground-water levels throughout the basin from April 1982 through September 1983. This network consisted of 6 wells with analog-to-digital recorders and 27 wells where water levels were measured monthly in 1983. Currently (2008), the network consists of 144 wells and piezometers. This report presents water-level data collected by U.S. Geological Survey personnel at 125 sites through water-year 2008. In addition, data from 19 wells (Sites 127–30, 132–134, 136, 138–142 and 144–149) owned, maintained, and measured by Sandia National Laboratories are presented in this report.

Revised August 18, 2010

First posted November 13, 2009

For additional information contact:

Director, New Mexico Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
5338 Montgomery Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109-1311

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Suggested citation:

Beman, J.E., 2008, Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1125, 37 p. (Revised August 2010)




Well and Piezometer Data and Hydrographs

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