Ground-Water Management and Aquifer Protection Plan

by Wayne A. Pettyjohn, Oklahoma State Univ, Stillwater, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People


Just because a water quality problem is not known to exist at the present time does not mean that one may not appear tomorrow or at some other time in the future. Contingency plans should be developed. Although any management plan must be flexible, a number of steps can be followed that should make the plan easier to follow. Certainly not inclusive, at least the following steps could be taken: (1) determine what problems might be associated with the existing supply, (2) learn the system, (3) locate potential sources of contamination, (4) develop a system of situation monitoring, (5) consider alternate sources of supply, (6) evaluate existing germane laws and regulations, (7) develop an aquifer sensitivity/vulnerability model, (8) determine background chemical quality of the supply, and (9) develop emergency response plans.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Aquifers | Water quality | Water resources | Water supply | Water pollution | Resource management | Emergency management

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