New thrusts in ground water

Ground Water



Four principal trends in ground water are apparent: (1) Increasing use of ground water for domestic supplies. Geohydrologists must learn to quantitatively evaluate the supply under conditions of maximum development, not merely determine the availability of a supply that does not strain the aquifer. (2) Aquifers will be looked to increasingly as possible storage media for surplus flood water, in place of dams and reservoirs. The key here is economics – optimum utilization of resources. The job of the geohydrologist is to do enough research and experimentation to determine when, where, and how ground‐water reservoirs can be recharged artificially at a reasonable cost. (3) Saline aquifers will be looked at as sources of water supply. The cost curves of developing new supplies of fresh water are ascending while the cost curves for desalinization are declining, and inevitably they will cross in one area after another. There is a paucity of information on saline ground‐water aquifers; hence, the utmost skill must be used in evaluating the resource. (4) With efforts to prevent stream pollution, aquifers will be looked to increasingly as possible storage media for industrial and domestic waste effluents. Control is urgently needed so the effects of waste injection can be predicted, the technology for confining those effects as intended can be developed, and a basis can be provided for a rational decision as to whether waste injection or an alternative use of the chosen aquifer is best for the economy in the long run. However, there is little legal basis for control, and the cost of such control may make the practice unfeasible in many situations. A systems‐analysis approach is needed to develop a working model of a given hydrologie and socio‐economic problem from which quantitative answers can be given to water planners. Copyright © 1969, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title New Thrusts in Ground Water
Series title Ground Water
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6584.1969.tb01269.x
Volume 7
Issue 2
Year Published 1969
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Description 4 p.
First page 7
Last page 10
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