Access to groundwater is done by means of drilling boreholes or utilising springs. In South Africa users of groundwater include municipal, rural, agricultural and mining. A large number of the population in rural areas depend on boreholes for the provision of drinking water. Agriculture also utilises a large percentage of groundwater for crop irrigation practices.
The quality of groundwater is normally safe to drink, but could be affected by its underground environment in that it may dissolve some of the minerals in the rock with which it comes in contact.
The monitoring of groundwater quality and quantity is thus important to ensure that it is utilised sustainably. Groundwater quality monitoring is done through taking water samples from monitoring boreholes and analysing the water quality at a SANAS accredited laboratory.
Water quality results from the monitoring borehole can then be compared against a range of water quality guidelines to establish fitness of use. Water quality results can also be compared against historical water quality results to investigate temporal trends.
Aquatico provides a one stop service with regards to groundwater quality monitoring. We can assist with:
• Groundwater monitoring system design
• Water quality tests
• Groundwater quality assessment
• Water user surveys and hydrocensus
• Borehole use verification
• Numerical flow and pollution transport modelling
• Groundwater flow prediction
• Well field design as well as aquifer modelling and testing
If you would like more information on our Groundwater Monitoring services, do not hesitate to contact Paul on Paul@aquatico.co.za