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Natchitoches Parish


In 2005, about 33.8 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) was withdrawn from water sources in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Surface water sources accounted for about 86 percent (29.2 Mgal/d) of all withdrawals whereas groundwater sources accounted for about 14 percent (4.62 Mgal/d). Withdrawals for industrial use accounted for about 42 percent (14.1 Mgal/d) of the total water withdrawn (table 2). Other categories of use included public supply, rural domestic, livestock, rice irrigation, general irrigation, and aquaculture. The city of Natchitoches used almost 5.6 Mgal/d (about 5.2 Mgal/d of surface water and 0.4 Mgal/d of ground water) for public supply. Water-use data collected at 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2005 indicated that total water withdrawals increased from about 3.5 Mgal/d in 1960 to a peak of almost 35 Mgal/d in 2000. This fact sheet summarizes basic information on the water resources of Natchitoches Parish. Information on groundwater and surface-water availability, quality, development, use, and trends is based on previously published reports listed in the Selected References section.

Fact Sheet

Water Resources of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana


Hem, J.D., 1985, Study and interpretation of the chemical characteristics of natural water (3d ed): U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2254, 264 p.

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, 2008, Environmental Regulatory Code, Title 33, Part IX, Subpart 1

Newcome, Roy, Jr., Page, L.V., and Sloss, Raymond, 1963, Water resources of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana: Department of Conservation, Louisiana Geological Survey, and Louisiana Department of Public Works Water Resources Bulletin no. 4, 189 p.

Sargent, B.P., 2007, Water use in Louisiana, 2005: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Water Resources Special Report 16, 133 p.

Shampine, W.J., 1971, Chemical, biological, and physical data for the major lakes and reservoirs in Louisiana: Louisiana Department of Public Works Basin Records Report no. 5, 98 p.

Smoot, C.W., 1988, Louisiana hydrologic atlas map no. 3—altitude of the base of freshwater in Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 86–4314, 1 sheet

Smoot, C.W., 1989, Louisiana hydrologic atlas map no. 4— geohydrologic sections of Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Water- Resources Investigations Report 87–4288, 1 sheet

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1992, Secondary Drinking Water Regulations—guidance for nuisance chemicals: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publication EPA 810/K-92-001, 4 p.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, 2011 Edition of the drinking water standards and health advisories: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publication EPA 820-R-11-002, Office of Water, 12 p.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2012a, Groundwater levels for Louisiana: National Water Information System Web Interface

U.S. Geological Survey, 2012b, Water quality samples for Louisiana: National Water Information System Web Interface

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