An Approach to Quality-Orientated Management of Catchment Areas with Artificial Ground Water Recharge

by Helmut Sommer, Inst for Water Research, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Artificial Recharge of Ground Water


In the Federal Republic of Germany the artificial ground water recharge is primarily used to replenish the ground water resources for municipal drinking water supply. Only in some cases an infiltration of surface water into the underground is applied to regulate the ground water situation for industrial water supplies or to avoid ecological problems. As a result of special historical or regional features there are different techniques of infiltration into the aquifer. A common method of water works is the recharge of ground water by slow sand filtration. This paper discusses quality problems in catchment areas, the reduction of such problems, bank filtered ground water, optimization of infiltration and discharge rates, and other related topics.

Subject Headings: Quality control | Groundwater quality | Groundwater management | Catchments | Groundwater recharge | Groundwater supply | Water resources | Municipal water | Germany | Europe

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