Resource Information Applied to Water Sources and Discharges at Existing and Potential Power Plant Sites in Arizona and the Southwest: Project Completion Report
AffiliationUniversity of Arizona
University of Arizona
Electric utilities -- Southwest, New -- Water-supply.
Electric utilities -- Arizona -- Water supply.
Electric power-plants -- Arizona.
Electric power-plants -- Southwest, New.
Industrial water supply -- Arizona.
Industrial water supply -- Southwest, New.
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PublisherUniversity of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
DescriptionProject Completion Report, OWRT Project No. A-043-ARIZ / Agreement No. 14-31-0001-4003 / Project Dates: July 1973 - June 1974 / Acknowledgment: The work upon which this report is based was supported in large part by funds provided by the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Water Research and Technology, as authorized under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964.
AbstractA growing demand for energy production in Arizona has increased the need for assembling and analyzing water resource information relative to energy production, especially electrical power generation. Unit water requirements for cooling of electrical plants, combined with projections of future electrical power demands in Arizona, provide a perspective on future quantities of water needed for cooling. Probabilistic estimates of storage reserves in Arizona groundwater basins indicate that some prospective plant sites can be supplied from groundwater for the 30 -year life of the plant, while others cannot. An estimate of comparative cost for supplying groundwater versus municipal wastewater for cooling electrical plants at selected sites in Arizona showed that use of wastewater would result in considerable savings over use of groundwater, at all sites considered.
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