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Monitoring groundwater on Cyprus

Monitoring groundwater on Cyprus

Posted on 25 October 2011

Monitoring groundwater on Cyprus

The semi-arid climate of Cyprus exerts heavy demands on the groundwater resources. These play an important role in the water balance of the island, considering that 70% of the water use is derived from young clastic aquifers. However local aquifers as well as the Troodos fractured ophiolite are offering water for domestic and irrigation purposes. Therefore, hydro-geological investigations for new groundwater bodies, extensive monitoring, protection and proper management procedures are necessary. The project is in collaboration with the Cyprus Geological Survey and MilliQuest Ltd .

Goals

The Cyprus Geological Survey has been charged with the performance of hydro-geological research into new groundwater bodies. Thorough monitoring is of great importance to GSD staff in this context because it gives them greater insight into the management of water sources and other complex natural processes. The results can ultimately be used to draw up a suitable protection and management plan.

The e-SENSE system and Divers of Eijkelkamp are used in monitoring groundwater quality and fluctuation, seawater intrusion as well as in understanding and monitoring groundwater recharge in complex fractured aquifers such as the ones in the ophiolites of Troodos. It provides fast, “on line” information on the situation of groundwater from many parts of the island on a daily basis. Monitoring is necessary to provide information in managing water resources as well as in understanding complex natural recharge processes.

Technologies used

The e-SENSE system and Divers are used in monitoring groundwater quality and fluctuation, seawater intrusion as well as in understanding and monitoring groundwater recharge in complex fractured aquifers such as the ones in the ophiolites of Troodos. It provides fast, “on line” information on the situation of groundwater from many parts of the island on a daily basis. Monitoring is necessary to provide information in managing water resources as well as in understanding complex natural recharge processes.

Especially CeraDivers and CTD-Divers are extremely suitable for use in a semi-arid climate like there is on Cyprus. Both types have a non-corrosive ceramic housing and CTD-Diver also measures conductivity next to groundwater levels and temperatures.

Project location

Project partners

  • Stichting Both ENDS