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Open-File Report 2010-1228

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, 2009

By Joseph E. Beman and Leeanna T. Torres

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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 were obtained solely from groundwater resources until December 2008, when surface water from the Rio Grande began being treated and integrated into the system. 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 groundwater 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 (2009), the network consists of 131 wells and piezometers. This report presents water-level data collected by U.S. Geological Survey personnel at 123 sites through water year 2009. In addition, data from four wells (Sites 140, 147, 148, and 149) owned, maintained, and measured by Sandia National Laboratories and three from Kirtland Air Force Base (Sites 119, 125, and 126) are presented in this report.

Revised May 27, 2011

First posted October 14, 2010

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., and Torres, L.T., 2010, Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1228, 31 p. (Revised May 2011)




Well-Numbering System


Well and Piezometer Data and Hydrographs

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