Revitalizing Pwales Groundwater: LIFE16IPEMT008's Managed Aquifer Recharge Scheme

20 Nov, 2023    |   by RBMP Life   |   

The Pwales groundwater body faces a challenging classification due to elevated levels of chlorides and nitrates, marking it as being in poor status. In response, the LIFE16IPEMT008 project introduces a groundbreaking Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) scheme aimed at elevating the groundwater status.

The primary objective of the MAR scheme is to indirectly inject high-quality water, strategically flushing out pollutants and working towards an overall improvement in groundwater quality. The initiative addresses the critical need for rehabilitation and sustainability in the Pwales region, setting the stage for a transformative impact on the local environment.

Baseline monthly monitoring, conducted through several groundwater abstraction wells, forms the backbone of this initiative. This comprehensive approach allows for a thorough understanding of spatial variations in groundwater quality. By pinpointing areas of concern, the project can implement targeted solutions, optimizing the efficiency of the aquifer recharge process.

Crucially, the anticipated enhancement in groundwater quality is not only beneficial for the environment but extends to the local agricultural community. Access to improved water quality opens avenues for more sustainable and productive farming practices, fostering a healthier ecosystem for both land and livelihoods.

As the LIFE16IPEMT008 project continues to unfold, it stands as a beacon of hope for the restoration and preservation of the Pwales groundwater body. The MAR scheme exemplifies a forward-looking approach, emphasizing the integration of environmental and agricultural interests for a harmonious and sustainable future.