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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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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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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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Hot Weather and the Environment – pressure on water resources

The good weather highlights our relationship with the environment, an environment which seems to be growing ever more fragile as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. The pressure on water resources is a case in point. A hose pipe ban is likely to be extended to more parts of the country as the dry spell continues.  Our usage and reliance on water is something that we do take fo...
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Why there is Iron in Groundwater

Groundwater is important as a source of drinking water, and it supports river flows, lake levels and ecosystems. It contains natural substances dissolved from the soils and rocks that it flows through, and can also be contaminated by human actions on the land surface. The most common sources of iron in groundwater are naturally occurring, coming for example from the weathering of iron-bearing m...
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Global Groundwater depletion noted in NASA Study of Major shifts in global freshwater

First-of-its-kind study combines NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map where--and why--freshwater is changing around the globe. A new global, satellite-based study of Earth's freshwater distribution found that Earth's wet areas are getting wetter, while dry areas are getting drier. The data suggest that this pattern is due to a variety of factors, including hum...
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