10 things to know about groundwater: 7

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

7. In some cases recharge does not occur at the present day, and so any abstraction is effectively ‘mining’ groundwater

In very dry regions with no active recharge a decision may be taken to mine groundwater, but, as is the case with oil or gas, once the water is used it will not be replenished.

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