North Carolina Projects and Studies
Hydrologic Evaluation of New Hanover County Aquifers (Phase 2)
New Hanover County is one of the most populated areas along the North Carolina coastline and the population is projected to expand by 25 percent over the next 20 years. In 2005, groundwater supplied about 20 million gallons per day of potable water and comprised about 30% of the total fresh water used in the County. County managers and town planners are concerned about escalating demand for groundwater within the county and recognize the importance of high-quality drinking water to meet the demands of a growing population.
This study will describe the availability and quality of groundwater in the surficial, Castle Hayne and Peedee aquifers in New Hanover County and forecast the effect on groundwater resources induced from changes in external conditions such as withdrawals, river channel deepening, sea-level rise, and aquifer storage and recovery.
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