Groundwater for Emergency Situations

Groundwater Emergency 2011The project ‘Groundwater for Emergency Situations (GWES)’ aims at “Identification and management of strategic groundwater bodies to be used for emergency situations as a result of extreme events or in case of conflicts”. It is a contribution to the Sixth Phase of the IHP (2002–2007) of UNESCO.

The aim of the GWES project is (1) to consider extreme events (natural and man-induced) that could adversely influence human health and life, (2) to support countries repeatedly affected by such events in the setting up of emergency plans and mitigation schemes to secure drinking
water supply, and (3) to identify in advance potential safe groundwater resources which could temporarily replace damaged water supply systems. The results of this project will allow countries to minimize the dependence of threatened population on vulnerable drinking water supplies.

Groundwater bodies are naturally less vulnerable and more resistant than surface waters to external impact. Deep aquifers naturally protected from the earth surface by geological environment should be therefore, identified and evaluated. These groundwater bodies should be protected and adequately managed in order to substitute affected drinking water supplies and eliminate the consequences of drinking water scarcity for the time after the catastrophic events.

The project also provides advice about the water-supply related reconstruction activities and mitigation measures that have to be undertaken by the affected countries.


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