Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Brian Meyer

Second Advisor

W. Crawford Elliott

Third Advisor

Luke Pangle


The City of Atlanta is a rapidly growing urban center in the Southeastern U.S. whose increasing population will place considerable strain on the city's water supply in terms of quality and availability. The purpose of this research is to characterize the water quality and provide lithological context of an unconfined aquifer on Georgia State University (GSU) campus as a prospective non-potable water supply to meet Atlanta’s demand for water. Two groundwater monitoring wells were installed at 100 Auburn Avenue and serve as the network by which the surficial aquifer was characterized and water quality assessed. Based on groundwater monitoring, water quality varies due to the occurrence of volatile organic compounds in one well exceeding EPA drinking water standards. In addition, the depth to bedrock varied significantly with topography. As a result, water quality and availability would need to be assessed on a site basis for non-potable use and production needs.