Regional Models of Large-Scale Storage of Desalinated Seawater

Author: UGOE
Partner Organisation: HSI

Key Findings

  • Storage occurs in the vadose and phreatic zone at different temporal scales due to the contrast in hydraulic properties between the conduit network and the fractured rock matrix.
  • Model results show that hydraulic losses are below 10% for the first 14 years for the Western Mountain Aquifer. Cumulative hydraulic losses during that time are estimated at ca. 3%.
  • The regional water balance reveals that only a small fraction of the recharged water discharges to springs. Most of the groundwater is abstracted by wells.

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