Greater water security with groundwater

Climate change is affecting global rainfall patterns and water distribution. Since there is approximately 100 times more groundwater on Earth than fresh surface water, it makes sense to exploit groundwater as a source of water. The aim of this white paper is to share some of Denmark’s technologies, tools and methods for groundwater mapping and hydrogeological modelling.

We face global water scarcity and insufficient access to clean drinking water

Providing enough fresh water for a growing population and for increasing industrial production is a critical issue in many countries. Climate change is affecting global rainfall patterns and water distribution. Since there is approximately 100 times more groundwater on Earth than fresh surface water, it makes sense to exploit groundwater as a source of water. In many parts of the world, especially in arid or seasonally dry regions, groundwater can provide a stable and sustainable source of high quality water.

Multiple benefits from groundwater use

Groundwater is less exposed to pollution than surface water, the water quality is higher and it requires less treatment. Moreover, water utilities can benefit from planning long term. They can avoid major investment linked to surface water infrastructure and enjoy a higher level of water security. Groundwater mapping and sustainable groundwater management ensure improved knowledge of the availability ofwater resources, a critical factor in attracting new companies and industry.

By investing in groundwater usage local business partners will develop their competence through knowledge transfer from international experts. This creates a strong platform for expanding the local water business to other regions.

The aim of this white paper is to share some of Denmark’s technologies, tools and methods for groundwater mapping and hydrogeological modelling to give examples of how to use groundwater as resource.

 

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