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Europe’s groundwater — a key resource under pressure

Europe’s groundwater — a key resource under pressure Most of Europe’s drinking water and a significant proportion of water used in irrigation come from groundwater. A European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today on World Water Day, provides a European overview of this key resource that is under increasing pressure from pollution, abstraction and climate change. The EEA briefing ...
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Large-scale modelling of rapid flows to groundwater highlights risk of aquifer contamination

Large-scale modelling of rapid flows to groundwater highlights risk of aquifer contamination For human and ecosystem health, it is essential that groundwater used for water supply is clean. New research highlights how some aquifers might be at greater risk of contamination than previously thought. Modelling fast flow infiltration — where surface water sinks through cracks — the study shows that ...
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EPA warns poorly constructed wells & inadequate monitoring of private water supplies = health risk

A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA. The report found that the quality of drinking water in private supplies, which are mostly sourced from wells, is poorer than that in publicly-sourced supplies. One million people in Ireland get their drinking water from a private supply and many more drink water from private supplies in...
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Biodiversity map shows growing EU water stress

New analysis from the European Environment Agency shows that, with average temperatures rising, water scarcity is increasing across the EU. It affected a fifth of Europe’s population and a third of its land area in 2015. The report finds that changes to arably farmed land are leading to a continuing decline in bird populations but that forest ecosystems are improving. Marine fish stocks continu...
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India’s looming water crisis – a call to action for companies

Some 18% of the world’s population resides in India and they survive on just 4% of the world’s freshwater. Rapid population growth and urbanization, a growing agricultural and industrial sector, as well as climate impacts - mainly drought and flooding - are putting these limited resources under increasing strain. In fact, India’s over-exploitation of groundwater is leading to “the worst water c...
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Reducing water scarcity by restoring contaminated groundwater aquifers

The fight against water scarcity is becoming one of the main 21st century challenges, with securing a clean supply key to efforts. The REGROUND project has developed a novel, green ground water-innovation and is ready to introduce it to European markets. Municipal, agricultural and industrial demand for water is growing worldwide. At the same time, water resources are increasingly being degra...
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How do groundwater resources underpin the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030?

Since earliest times humankind has met much of its needs for good quality water from subterranean sources. During the 20th century there was an enormous boom in waterwell construction for urban water-supply, agricultural irrigation and industrial processing – facilitated by advances in well drilling, pump technology and geological knowledge – and groundwater became a key resource supporting human ...
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Caffeine among most frequently detected emerging contaminants in groundwater

A large variety of micro-organic (MO) compounds is used in huge quantities for a range of purposes (e.g. manufacturing, food production, healthcare) and is now being frequently detected in the aquatic environment. Interest in the occurrence of MO contaminants in the terrestrial and aquatic environments continues to grow, as well as in their environmental fate and potential toxicity. However, th...
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Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems

Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems (or GDEs) are ecosystems that rely on groundwater for their continued existence. Groundwater is water that has seeped down beneath Earth’s surface and has come to reside within the pore spaces in soil and fractures in rock, this process can create water tables and aquifers, which are large storehouses for groundwater. An ecosystem is a community of living...
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STOP! Water Shortages affecting your Business – avail of our FREE Groundwater Viability Assessment!

Business owners, we can help you reduce reliance on your mains water supply and help #ConserveWater for us all. As the unprecedented warm weather continues, the demands on water are outstripping the supply in several areas around the country with increased demand at 10% above normal or more, with many areas experiencing restrictions on water usage. Verde Environmental Consultants can...
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