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Groundwater Artificial recharge Based on Alternative sources of wateR: aDvanced INtegrated technologies and managEment

Objective

Aquifers are the main source of water in most semi-arid areas of the Mediterranean basin. As a result of over-exploitation hydrologic deficits of varying acuity prevail in these areas. Seawater intrusion and pollution have been identified as the primary factors for quality degradation. Further deterioration can be expected based on trends in the precipitation regime attributed to climate change. The objective of this project is to identify alternative sources of water and to investigate the feasibility, both environmental and economic of their utilization. Alternative water sources to be artificially recharged comprise: surface water runoff, treated effluent, and imported water. Furthermore, brackish water bodies, present in many aquifers could be utilised after desalination. The project structured into eight work-packages comprehensively addresses all issues related to the problem: expected precipitation rates, recharge and water budgets, identification of potential alternative water sources and technologies for their utilization, development of tools for the management of groundwater resources under artificial recharge conditions, aquifer vulnerability assessment, characterization of the unsaturated zone, and mixing effects. Four test sites have been selected for practical application of the approach. Substantial field testing, integration of technologies and findings to ensure optimal implementations of aquifer recharge alternatives, quantification of socio-economic impacts and development of dissemination platform are planned. Finally a carefully designed project management shall drive and accompany the project execution in order to ascertain consistency and efficiency.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-GLOBAL-3
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Coordinator

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN
Address
Gosslersstrasse 5-7
Goettingen
Germany

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 31
Barcelona
LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
Portugal
Address
Avenida Do Brasil 101
Lisboa
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.
Israel
Address
Technion City-senate Building
Haifa
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Place Du 20 Août 7
Liege
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
Address
Administration Building, University Campus
Thessaloniki
GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL CONSULTANTS - GEOSERVICE
Greece
Address
Lykaiou Street 35
Athens
THESSALONIKI WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE COMPANY S.A.
Greece
Address
Egnatia 127
Thessaloniki
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
Nottingham
PALESTINIAN HYDROLOGY GROUP FOR WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT
Palestine
Address
Al-ma'ahed St. 4
Ramallah -West Bank
PALESTINIAN WATER AUTHORITY
Palestine
Address
Jerusalem Street
Ramallah -West Bank
ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER RESSOURCES ENGINEERING LTD
Israel
Address
137, Hanassi Avenue
Haifa
ISRAEL WATER COMMISSION
Israel
Address
Hamasger Street 14
Tel-aviv