What happens when the borehole runs dry?

Even with a well maintained pump and a good borehole or well, things can still go wrong.  Understanding how groundwater behaves and how the quality and quantity of water in well can be affected by natural and human activities is essential. But how can it be done cost-effectively? RWSN is on the look out for good stories of how groundwater is monitored and managed well - by individuals, communities, service providers and governments.

Some example of locally-focused groundwater projection and management include:

  • Water Safety Planning (WSP) - by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Water Source Protection Planning  - by the Government of Uganda
  • Water Use Master Plans (WUMP) - by Helvetas Nepal
  • Community Integrated Water Resource Management (cIWRM) - by WaterAid
  • Sanitary Surveys

The UPGro programme is doing interdisciplinary groundwater science on how groundwater in sub-Saharan African can be managed better for the benefit of the poor. From this work, by many of the world's leading hydrogeologists, we expect solid evidence and effective tools for cost-effective management.

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