Water Resources of West Carroll Parish, Louisiana

Fact Sheet 2018-3069
Prepared in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development



Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, 21.27 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water were withdrawn in West Carroll Parish, including 17.91 Mgal/d from groundwater sources and 3.37 Mgal/d from surface-water sources. Withdrawals for agricultural use, composed of general irrigation, rice irrigation, and livestock, accounted for 93 percent (19.76 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn. Other use categories included public supply and rural domestic. Water-use data collected at 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2010 and again in 2014 indicated that water withdrawals peaked in 2000 at 31.7 Mgal/d. The large decreases in water use from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2005 to 2010 are primarily attributable to declines in groundwater withdrawals for rice irrigation from 10 Mgal/d in 1985 to 2.22 Mgal/d in 1990 and from 10.52 Mgal/d in 2005 to 5.14 Mgal/d in 2010. Surface-water withdrawals for general irrigation declined from 2.44 Mgal/d in 1985 to 0.42 Mgal/d in 1990 and from 2.2 Mgal/d in 2005 to 1.1 Mgal/d in 2010. Surface-water withdrawals for rice irrigation declined from 1.41 Mgal/d in 1985 to 0.66 Mgal/d in 1990 and from 2.06 Mgal/d in 2005 to 1.01 Mgal/d in 2010.

Suggested Citation

White, V.E., 2019, Water resources of West Carroll Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3069, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183069.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Groundwater Resources
  • Surface-Water Resources
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water Resources of West Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2018-3069
DOI 10.3133/fs20183069
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
Description Report: 6 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State Louisiana
County West Carroll County
Online Only (Y/N) N
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