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

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.

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Coordinator

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN

Address

Gosslersstrasse 5-7
Goettingen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Martin SAUTER (Prof.)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL

Portugal

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

Israel

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL CONSULTANTS - GEOSERVICE

Greece

THESSALONIKI WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE COMPANY S.A.

Greece

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

PALESTINIAN HYDROLOGY GROUP FOR WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

Palestine

PALESTINIAN WATER AUTHORITY

Palestine

ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER RESSOURCES ENGINEERING LTD

Israel

ISRAEL WATER COMMISSION

Israel

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518118

  • Start date

    1 November 2005

  • End date

    30 April 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 286 579

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 770

Coordinated by:

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN

Germany