Assessment of groundwater quality in the Megara basin, Attica, Greece

  • D. Gamvroula
  • D. Alexakis
  • G. Stamatis
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Groundwater samples were collected from 58 sampling sites of the Megara basin aiming to describe the groundwater quality in relation to geology and anthropogenic activities. The methodology applied in this study includes chemical analysis, statistical analysis, GIS database and comparison of the groundwater contents with quality standards given by the Dir.98/83/EC. The elevated Crtotal (up to 70.3 μg/L), Ni (up to 25.39 μg/L) and Mn (up to 87.77 μg/L) groundwater concentrations of Megara basin constitute a natural case of contamination; while the high NO3 - (up to 411 mg/L) and PO4 3- (up to 4.74 mg/L) groundwater concentrations could be attributed to the application of fertilizers and leakage of domestic sewage. The elevated Cl- (up to 3954.7 mg/L) and TDS (up to 8027 mg/L) groundwater contents recorded in coastal areas are attributed to the mixing of groundwater with seawater.


Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometry Groundwater Sample Groundwater Quality Quaternary Deposit Ultrabasic Rock 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Gamvroula
    • 1
  • D. Alexakis
    • 2
  • G. Stamatis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Mineralogy-GeologyAgricultural University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Centre for the Assessment of Natural Hazards and Proactive Planning and Laboratory of Reclamation Works and Water Resources ManagementNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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