Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) is a powerful water resource management tool that can be used to stretch limited water resources for seasonal or long term use. Many projects have demonstrated the maintenance or improvement of water quality that is a key benefit of MAR.
Storage of low cost surplus water during periods of high supply and recovery of that water during periods of high demand equate to significant cost and resource savings. Storage of MAR can be done at scales and durations not possible with surface storage approaches. Stretching limited water and capital resources is a key factor in the sustainability of industry and communities.
The paper and presentation layout steps to development of a MAR programme. Examples of successful projects in USA, UAE, KSA and AU are used to demonstrate significant points in the process. Also covered are the significant cost and resource benefits of storage in aquifers over traditional surface storage approaches or development of additional resources.