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Webster Parish


In 2005, about 9.52 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water were withdrawn in Webster Parish, Louisiana, including about 9.33 Mgal/d from groundwater sources and 0.19 Mgal/d from surface-water sources. Public-supply use accounted for about 70 percent of the total water withdrawn. Other categories of use included industrial, rural domestic, livestock, general irrigation, and aquaculture. Water-use data collected at 5-year intervals from 1960 to 2005 indicate water withdrawals in Webster Parish decreased substantially from 1970 to 1980; surface-water withdrawals for industrial use decreased from about 37 to 0 Mgal/d because of a paper mill closure in 1979. From 1980 to 2000, total water withdrawals in the parish ranged from 7 to 8 Mgal/d. This fact sheet summarizes basic information on the water resources of Webster Parish, La. 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 Webster Parish, Louisiana


Martin, J.L., Hough, L.W., Raggio, D.L., and Sandberg, A.E., 1954, Geology of Webster Parish: Louisiana Department of Conservation Geological Bulletin 29, 252 p.

Ryals, G.N., 1982, Ground-water resources of the Arcadia-Minden area, Louisiana: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Office of Public Works Water Resources Technical Report no. 28, 35 p.

Ryals, G.N., 1983, Regional geohydrology of the northern Louisiana salt-dome basin, part IV, hydraulic characteristics of the Wilcox- Carrizo: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 83-4132, 9 p.

Sargent, B.P., 2007, Water use in Louisiana, 2005: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Water Resources Special Report no. 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 Basic 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.

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: Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, EPA 820-R-11-002, 12 p.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2008, Water-resources data for the United States Water Year 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report WDR-US-2008

U.S. Geological Survey, 2009, Ground-water levels for Louisiana [data for USGS 325518093221901 Wb-399]: National Water Information System Web Interface

U.S. Geological Survey, 2011, Water quality samples for Louisiana: National Water Information System Web Interface

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