People, industry, and agriculture all require fresh water to survive and prosper, but water managers in the West face significant challenges to delivering a continuous and sustainable water supply, whether derived from groundwater, surface water, or both.
When a wellfield’s pumping rate exceeds an aquifer’s natural recharge rate, energy costs to lift the water rise and water levels fall, requiring costly well deepening or pump modification. In extreme cases, supply wells can go dry; in coastal and estuarine areas, this can also mean saltwater intrusion into the aquifer.
In many areas, overused aquifers are replenished by artificial recharge to enhance future supply and create resource stability. Water can also be stored underground when availability is greater and later withdrawn when needed during drought or to relieve over allocation.
The success of any artificial recharge project fundamentally depends on getting the recharge water into the aquifer. Our water resources professionals provide a full range of services for managed aquifer recharge, including technical review and operational planning, geological texture analysis, recharge site selection and investigation, and recharge system design and implementation. SoundEarth understands the water quality issues that can arise when water sources are mixed for recharge projects, and we have experience developing and executing detailed sampling protocols to assess water quality.
Our goal at SoundEarth is to help our clients identify prospective areas for optimum recharge and further field investigation, in turn enabling better use of limited financial and staff resources.