Developing Groundwater

Developing Groundwater

A guide for rural water supply

by Alan MacDonaldJeff Davies Roger Calow and others

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 20/05/1999

"In many rural areas, groundwater is the only feasible way of providing safe, reliable water supplies. However, developing groundwater is not always straightforward. To meet the targets set out in the Millennium Development Goals, more attention needs to be paid to finding and developing groundwater in a sustainable, cost-effective and participatory manner. Developing Groundwater provides a user-friendly guide to this key topic, bringing together for the first time the wide range of techniques required to develop groundwater for community water supplies. This practical manual gives information on effective techniques for siting wells and boreholes, assessing the sustainability of sources, constructing and testing the yield of boreholes and wells, and monitoring groundwater quality. The authors set the technical aspects of rural water supply firmly in their socio-economic context, so that readers can take proper account of community concerns as well as purely engineering questions. Packed with helpful illustrations this book is indispensable for all rural water supply project staff in developing countries.
Alan MacDonald, Jeff Davies and John Chilton are hydrogeologists at the British Geological Survey with more than 75 years' experience amongst them. They have worked extensively in Africa, Asia and the Pacific in partnership with government departments, NGOs, research institutes and rural communities. Much of their work has focussed on the practical issues of developing groundwater resources for rural water supply. Roger Calow is a water resource economist and policy specialist with the British Geological Survey, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia and the Middle East on rural water supply and management projects.
Water supply & treatment
Paperback / softback
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ITDG Publishing
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United Kingdom
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Alan MacDonald

Alan was born in Watford and went to university in Bangor, North Wales, where he studied English and Drama. He started working life in a travelling theatre company, visiting schools all over the country & writing much of their material.

Alan later trained as a drama teacher at Nottingham University , but most of his work in connection with the theatre has been as a writer or director. Other jobs have included working as an editor and working in a day centre. He has written stories and dramas for the BBC.

Jeff Davies

Jeff Davies is a Melbourne-based artist who specializes in portraits of Australian birds and their environments.

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