Long term consequences of groundwater pumping in Australia: A review of impacts around the globe

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Title Long term consequences of groundwater pumping in Australia: A review of impacts around the globe
Author Tularam, Gurudeo Anand; Krishna, M.
Journal Name Journal of Applied Sciences in Environmental Sanitation
Editor Prof S Mangoedihardjo and Ganjar Samudra
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Surabaya & Indonesian Soc of Sanitary & Env Engineers, Indonesia
Publisher Dept. of Environmental Engineering, Sepuluh Nopember Inst of Technology
Abstract Groundwater or subsurface water refers to all water below the surface of the ground including that in the saturated zone and in deep aquifers. Subsurface water has been a readily available source for humans over centuries and has been particularly associated with developing nations. This source has in the past been ill managed and has caused water quality issues in many communities around the world. In recent times, serious drought conditions have affected the vast Australian Island continent and government authorities have considered pumping large amounts of groundwater for drinking use in many states; that is, pumping groundwater for inclusion in the direct supply networks. This paper explores the effects of longer term pumping; in particular various issues related to the excessive groundwater pumping. The review shows that majority of the affected areas are coastal lowlands where most of the world's population reside. Long term effects that warrant serious attention are saltwater intrusion, aquifer overdraft, groundwater depletion, land subsidence. Each of these has had severe consequences for the areas concerned and indeed some more the others. However, in the past, the most reported has been saltwater intrusion at the expense of the others.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.trisanita.org/volume042009.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal's website or contact the authors.
Volume 4
Issue Number 2
Page from 151
Page to 166
ISSN 0126-2807
Date Accessioned 2009-11-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Impact Assessment
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29294
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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