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Hydrogeology Journal

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 313–316 | Cite as

Future management of aquifer recharge

  • Peter Dillon
Essay

Introduction

Management of aquifer recharge (MAR) often provides the cheapest form of new safe water supply for towns and small communities. In spite of a sound knowledge base (e.g. Peters 1998; Bouwer 2002; Dillon 2002), uptake to date has tended to be localised and geographic expansion has been limited by lack of understanding of hydrogeology and/or knowledge of MAR. With training and demonstration projects MAR has potential to be a major contributor to the UN Millennium Goal for Water Supply especially for village supplies in semi-arid and arid areas.

The sustainable water treatment capacity of aquifers is often under-estimated and new knowledge is needed to define the extent to which aquifer treatment can be relied upon within a risk management framework. In cities with organised drainage and sewerage systems, the capacity for indirect reuse of stormwater and reclaimed water via aquifer storage for potable and/or irrigation supplies is significant. Where informal urban systems...

Keywords

Artificial recharge Groundwater Water banking Sustainable underground storage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IAH Commission on Management of Aquifer RechargeCSIRO Land and WaterGlen OsmondAustralia

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