WIT Press


An Assessment Of The Atlantis Artificial Recharge Water Supply Scheme (Western Cape, South Africa)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RAV090351

Volume

127

Pages

11

Page Range

403 - 413

Published

2009

Size

632 kb

Author(s)

G. Tredoux, B. Genthe, M. Steyn, J. F. P. Engelbrecht, J. Wilsenach & N. Z. Jovanovic

Abstract

Indirect recycling of storm water and treated wastewater for potable purposes has formed an integral part of the Atlantis water resource management scheme for the past 30 years. This augments the limited natural groundwater supplies along the semiarid west coast north of Cape Town. Initially all wastewater was recycled including an industrial component until water quality considerations dictated otherwise. The paper investigates various aspects of the longer term recharge of tertiary treated wastewater and urban runoff using \“indicator” determinands. It also describes the analytical results for trace organic compounds and pharmaceuticals. The analysis confirms the role of the subsurface passage as a barrier reducing the health risk for potable reuse. Keywords: managed aquifer recharge, artificial recharge, unconfined aquifer, basin recharge, wastewater recycling, urban storm water, salinity, indicator organisms, South Africa.

Keywords

managed aquifer recharge, artificial recharge, unconfined aquifer, basin recharge, wastewater recycling, urban storm water, salinity, indicator organisms, South Africa