10 things to know about groundwater: 5&6

Hidden Treasure: 10 reasons to know more about groundwater / 2 priorities to take seriously – briefing note

GROUNDWATER is the water stored in the pores and other openings in rocks below ground. It is a precious resource which must be safeguarded for the benefit of mankind.

5. Some of the groundwater recharge can be safely abstracted for human use

Even the smallest abstraction reduces the natural outflow by an equivalent amount, but a certain level of water abstraction may be judged to be acceptable.

6. Deciding how much groundwater is exploitable depends on many factors. Three main options exist:

  1. Sustainable yield
  2. Mixed strategy
  3. Mining


What you can do:

Join the conversation through the RWSN Sustainable Groundwater Development community

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