By: S. Hecker and K. M. Harty, compilers
Many population centers in the state are in areas susceptible to shallow ground-water problems. Rising water tables in recent years have caused flooding in basements, storage tanks, underground utilities, waste dumps, and septic-tank soil-absorption fields. Such rises in water tables have mobilized contaminants and threatened local ground-water quality. Areas with the potential for large earthquakes, such as the Wasatch Front, are vulnerable to damage caused by liquefaction of cohesionless silty and sandy deposits saturated at shallow depths. Site-specific data on the distribution of shallow ground water in Utah are lacking. This statewide compilation of available regional information provides a basis for deciding where detailed planning-related studies may be needed in order to identify and mitigate shallow ground-water hazards and avoid costly corrective measures.
Pages: 19 p.
Plates: 1 pl.
Media Type: Paper Map