Unmanaged and Unintentional Recharge

  • Robert G. MalivaEmail author
Part of the Springer Hydrogeology book series (SPRINGERHYDRO)


Unmanaged and unintentional recharge is recharge incidental to other human activities. Unmanaged and unintentional urban recharge includes leakage from water and wastewater mains, discharges from on-site sewage systems, recharge from stormwater management infrastructure, and return flows from the irrigation of parks, lawns, and other vegetated areas. Excessive urban recharge has resulted in rising water tables in some cities, necessitating installation of drainage systems. In some rural areas, leakage from canals and irrigation return flows are the dominant inflows in shallow aquifer water budgets. Enhanced recharge also occurs as the result of changes in land use and land cover, particularly reductions in evapotranspiration caused by removal or changes in vegetation. Techniques used to quantify unmanaged and unintentional recharge include water budget analyses (e.g., transmission losses), inverse-modeling, piezometry (mapping of local water table rises), and environmental tracer analysis.


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