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Managed Artificial Recharge in the Llobregat Aquifers: Quantitative Versus Qualitative Aspects

  • Xavier Sanchez-VilaEmail author
  • Josep-Lluïs Armenter
  • Felip Ortuño
  • Enric Queralt
  • Daniel Fernàndez-Garcia
Chapter
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 21)

Abstract

The area involving the Lower Valley and Delta of the Llobregat River has a long-standing tradition in Managed Artificial Recharge (MAR) activities. For more than 50 years different MAR activities have taken place, and at present the area provides a catalog of methodologies put into practice. This chapter provides an overview of artificial recharge activities in the river and riverbanks classified according to types, objectives, water sources, and focus. Regarding types, both surface and deep MAR activities can be found at different locations. In terms of objectives, we can distinguish between using opportunity water, resources increment, or improving groundwater quality. Regarding water sources, recharge water may come from the river, a diverted channel, or treatment plants. Finally, regarding focus, activities can be seen as used for scientific purposes, demonstration, or actual industrial activity.

Keywords

Artificial recharge Infiltration Pumping well River scarification Water quality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xavier Sanchez-Vila
    • 1
    Email author
  • Josep-Lluïs Armenter
    • 2
  • Felip Ortuño
    • 3
  • Enric Queralt
    • 4
    • 5
  • Daniel Fernàndez-Garcia
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTechBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Agbar – Aigües de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.ACA – Agència Catalana de l’AiguaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.CUADLL – Comunitat d’Usuaris del Delta del LlobregatBarcelonaSpain
  5. 5.CUACSA – Comunitat d’Usuaris de la Cubeta de Sant AndreuBarcelonaSpain

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