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Water 2011, 3(4), 964-975; doi:10.3390/w3040964

Artificial Recharge via Boreholes Using Treated Wastewater: Possibilities and Prospects

Laboratory of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Department of Geology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, GR54124, Greece
Received: 6 July 2011 / Revised: 7 September 2011 / Accepted: 13 September 2011 / Published: 26 September 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Recycling and Reuse)
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Interest in artificial recharge of groundwater using pretreated wastewater continues to increase, especially in semi-arid countries. After the artificial recharge and natural treatment, the water could be extracted through boreholes pumping for direct irrigation. The selection of suitable locations for artificial recharge should be based on hydrogeological conditions, economic evaluation and environmental considerations. Clogging of boreholes that are used for artificial recharge is a serious problem and requires proper planning to reduce it. This paper deals with the investigation of the possibilities and prospects of aquifer recharge via boreholes using treated wastewater. Firstly, the aquifer recharge techniques, the proposed criteria of waste and the clogging effect are presented. Secondly, the possibility of application of artificial recharge in the South-Eastern Mesaoria aquifer of Cyprus is examined. Based on hydrogeological results, artificial recharge using tertiary treated wastewater via boreholes is one of the options available for increasing the groundwater reserves of this aquifer. The recycled water will infiltrate through gravel pack, providing favorable conditions for ventilation and laminar flow due to small water flow velocity. The treatment works include the removal of the fat, oil and grease (FOG) and cyanides (CN) content in order to meet the upper acceptable limits. View Full-Text
Keywords: artificial recharge; clogging effect; Cyprus; groundwater; Mesaoria aquifer; treatment; wastewater artificial recharge; clogging effect; Cyprus; groundwater; Mesaoria aquifer; treatment; wastewater

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Voudouris, K. Artificial Recharge via Boreholes Using Treated Wastewater: Possibilities and Prospects. Water 2011, 3, 964-975.

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