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Title:
Evaluation of Nitrate in Groundwater South of Tucson, Arizona
Author:
Postillion, Frank G.
Affiliation:
Pima Association of Governments, Tucson, AZ
Issue Date:
7-Apr-1984
Rights:
Copyright ©, where appropriate, is held by the author.
Collection Information:
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Publisher:
Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science
Journal:
Hydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwest
Abstract:
Levels of nitrates in excess of the US EPA standard of 45 mg/l were found in well water south of Tucson, Arizona. Most groundwater in this area with high nitrate content is beneath lands presently or formerly irrigated. The highest nitrate contents are present in the upper several hundred feet of the aquifer suggesting a source at the land surface. Nitrate contents in water from most wells in the study area were less than 7 mg/l in the late 1940's, but by the mid-1960's the nitrate level exceeded 25 mg/l in most wells. In the summer of 1982, more than 12 wells exhibited water with a nitrate content exceeding 45 mg/l. Analytical techniques included assessment of pollution sources at the land surface, chemical indicators such as chlorides, nitrogen and oxygen isotopes, and evaluation of the hydrogeologic conditions in the study area. Sources of nitrate contamination included sewage effluent disposal into the Santa Cruz River, historical irrigation practices, septic tank area, and an abandoned hog farm.
Keywords:
Hydrology -- Arizona.; Water resources development -- Arizona.; Hydrology -- Southwestern states.; Water resources development -- Southwestern states.
ISSN:
0272-6106

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleEvaluation of Nitrate in Groundwater South of Tucson, Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.authorPostillion, Frank G.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPima Association of Governments, Tucson, AZen_US
dc.date.issued1984-04-07-
dc.rightsCopyright ©, where appropriate, is held by the author.-
dc.description.collectioninformationThis article is part of the Hydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwest collections. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science and the University of Arizona Libraries. For more information about items in this collection, contact anashydrology@gmail.com.en_US
dc.publisherArizona-Nevada Academy of Scienceen_US
dc.identifier.journalHydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwesten_US
dc.description.abstractLevels of nitrates in excess of the US EPA standard of 45 mg/l were found in well water south of Tucson, Arizona. Most groundwater in this area with high nitrate content is beneath lands presently or formerly irrigated. The highest nitrate contents are present in the upper several hundred feet of the aquifer suggesting a source at the land surface. Nitrate contents in water from most wells in the study area were less than 7 mg/l in the late 1940's, but by the mid-1960's the nitrate level exceeded 25 mg/l in most wells. In the summer of 1982, more than 12 wells exhibited water with a nitrate content exceeding 45 mg/l. Analytical techniques included assessment of pollution sources at the land surface, chemical indicators such as chlorides, nitrogen and oxygen isotopes, and evaluation of the hydrogeologic conditions in the study area. Sources of nitrate contamination included sewage effluent disposal into the Santa Cruz River, historical irrigation practices, septic tank area, and an abandoned hog farm.en_US
dc.subjectHydrology -- Arizona.en_US
dc.subjectWater resources development -- Arizona.en_US
dc.subjectHydrology -- Southwestern states.en_US
dc.subjectWater resources development -- Southwestern states.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0272-6106-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/296125-
dc.identifier.journalHydrology and Water Resources in Arizona and the Southwesten_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
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