Interactions of water quality and integrated groundwater management: Examples from the United States and Europe: Chapter 14

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Abstract

Groundwater is available in many parts of the world, but the quality of the water may limit its use. Contaminants can limit the use of groundwater through concerns associated with human health, aquatic health, economic costs, or even societal perception. Given this broad range of concerns, this chapter focuses on examples of how water quality issues influence integrated groundwater management. One example evaluates the importance of a naturally occurring contaminant Arsenic (As) for drinking water supply, one explores issues resulting from agricultural activities on the land surface and factors that influence related groundwater management, and the last examines unique issues that result from human-introduced viral pathogens for groundwater-derived drinking water vulnerability. The examples underscore how integrated groundwater management lies at the intersections of environmental characterization, engineering constraints, societal needs, and human perception of acceptable water quality. As such, water quality factors can be a key driver for societal decision making.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Interactions of water quality and integrated groundwater management: Examples from the United States and Europe: Chapter 14
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_14
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publisher location Cham, Switzerland
Contributing office(s) Illinois Water Science Center
Description 30 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Integrated groundwater management: Concepts, approaches and challenges
First page 347
Last page 376
Country United States
Other Geospatial Europe