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All of Kiowa, Kingman, Pratt, and Stafford Counties, and parts of Barber, Barton, Edwards, Pawnee, Reno, and Rice Counties are included in the study.
Figure 1--Location of study area and system of numbering wells.
In the eastern half of the area, the quality may be unsuitable locally as a result of upward leakage of highly mineralized water from underlying Permian rocks.
A continuing program of monitoring changes in water levels and water quality is needed for assessing future problems and planning appropriate management.
From 1940 to 1974, the number of irrigation wells increased from 50 to 1,160 and the annual groundwater withdrawals increased from about 5,000 acre-feet to 140,000 acre-feet.
The average annual recharge rate to ground water from precipitation is estimated to be about 2 inches.
Locally, wells in rocks of Early Permian or Early Cretaceous age may yield from about 10 to 100 gallons per minute.
However, the water from these wells generally contains more than 1,000 milligrams per liter of dissolved solids and more than 500 milligrams per liter of chloride and sulfate.
These tracts are designated a, b, c, and d in a counterclockwise direction beginning in the northeast quadrant. The land surface is poorly drained and traversed by relatively few streams.
Where two or more wells are located in a 10-acre tract, wells are numbered serially, beginning with 2, according to the order ill which the wells were inventoried. A typical example is the topographic basin of the prominent northeasterly flowing Rattlesnake Creek where 51 percent of the area contributes runoff to the stream and the remainder of the area has no external drainage.