Pollution of the Rio Grande valley-fill aquifer
Dennis M. McQuillan


Excluding numerous private water supply wells, more than 95 percent of all community water-supply systems* in New Mexico rely totally upon ground water (S. Pierce, personal commun., 1981). The Rio Grande valley-fill aquifer (Bjorklund and Maxwell, 1961) is the only source of drinking water for the Albuquerque municipal system (Cum-mins, 1981). In the Albuquerque area the saturated thickness of fresh ground water can exceed 900 m (U.S. Geological Survey, 1972).


  1. McQuillan, Dennis M., 1982, Pollution of the Rio Grande valley-fill aquifer, in: Albuquerque Country II, Grambling, J. A.; Wells, S. G., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 33rd Field Conference, pp. 357-360.

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