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Interactions of water quality and integrated groundwater management: Examples from the United States and Europe: Chapter 14

June 7, 2016

Groundwater is available in many parts of the world, but the quality of the water may limit its use. Contaminants can limit the use of groundwater through concerns associated with human health, aquatic health, economic costs, or even societal perception. Given this broad range of concerns, this chapter focuses on examples of how water quality issues influence integrated groundwater management. One example evaluates the importance of a naturally occurring contaminant Arsenic (As) for drinking water supply, one explores issues resulting from agricultural activities on the land surface and factors that influence related groundwater management, and the last examines unique issues that result from human-introduced viral pathogens for groundwater-derived drinking water vulnerability. The examples underscore how integrated groundwater management lies at the intersections of environmental characterization, engineering constraints, societal needs, and human perception of acceptable water quality. As such, water quality factors can be a key driver for societal decision making.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Interactions of water quality and integrated groundwater management: Examples from the United States and Europe: Chapter 14
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_14
Authors Kelly L. Warner, Fabienne Barataud, Randall J. Hunt, Marc Benoit, Juliette Anglade, Mark A. Borchardt
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70137961
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Illinois Water Science Center

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