Garber-Wellington Association

Garber-Wellington Association meetings are on the last Thursday of every other month, immediately following the ACOG Board of Directors meeting.

Garber-Wellington Association

The Garber-Wellington Association (GWA) is an association of the local governments who benefit from developing the resources of the Garber-Wellington aquifer and the alluvial aquifer systems. Over twenty municipalities produce water from the Garber-Wellington aquifer with a total production rate of roughly 5 billion gallons annually. A resolution by the Board of Directors of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) established the GWA in 1979. The GWA implements programs and policies dedicated to groundwater resources and management. The Garber-Wellington Association staff is an extension of and serves as technical advisor to over 20 municipalities. This includes services ranging from water supply and water well location to underground storage tank removal and site remediation. The GWA collects and maintains extensive information databases on the Garber-Wellington aquifer. These databases include monthly pumping rates, water levels, oil and gas well activity, water quality analyses and well construction.

Program Objectives

The overall goal for the GWA staff is to provide continuing coordination and assistance to local governments for their groundwater systems and research efforts. Considering the large population that is directly dependent upon the potable waters it provides, this aquifer is the most important groundwater resource in the state. Therefore it is desirable to support a staff of water professionals and work program dedicated to the management and research of this most critical aquifer. Supporting this technical effort at the local level has had distinct advantages. The staff can rapidly evaluate and respond to local problems quickly and effectively, especially when potential groundwater pollution is detected. Through the years of mutual data collection and maintenance of contact with Garber-Wellington Association members’ staff, the GWA staff is familiar with many well fields in the aquifer. This working relationship provides a good perspective on how each municipal system affects the aquifer regionally. Finally, staff participates in policy decisions at the local level, where an understanding of the municipal goals can be critical in proper groundwater management strategy.

Staff Objectives

Provide Technical Guidance Water Quality Monitoring Public Education

Staff Contact

John Harrington, P.G., CFM Director, Water Resources

GWPC Meeting Schedule

January 25, 2018
March 29, 2018
May 31, 2018
August 16, 2018
October 25, 2017
December 13, 2018

The Aquifer


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