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Urban Groundwater Pollution

Edited By: DN Lerner

276 pages, diagrams

Taylor & Francis

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #143826 | ISBN: 9058096297
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Explains the nature and value of urban groundwater and discusses the types of pollutants that are found, and their sources. The unique aspect of this book is the in-depth discussion of six different urban environments ranging from mature industrial cities, through weathered cystalline aquifers to arid-zone cities.

The book discusses rapid urbanization of the developing world as it places greater pressure on city environments and its pace of growth outstrips the planning and control infrastructure. Easy access to groundwater makes it the main source of water for the world's population and places it at severe risk of pollution in cities because of the density of polluting activities, such as industrial plants, pipelines, sewers, landfills, etc. The issue of urban groundwater encapsulates many modern problems: sustainability, rapid urbanization and rising living standards, pollution prevention, inadequate data, and complex management issues of optional use of resources. The story of each city is different but some themes are common, such as climates, geology and development status. The book comprises two parts. The first part (Chapters 1-3) gives a view of urban development from the groundwater perspective; the disparate and conflicting values of groundwater for water supply, efficient disposal, amenity and ecology; and overviews pollutants by type and by source. Chapters 4-9 form the larger part of the book and deal with case studies of several cities to draw out the common threads across cultures and continents. Professional hydrogeologists, urban planners and water supply engineers, as well as students in these fields can use the book to provide a new perspective on the often damaging effects that cities have on their hidden but valuable groundwater. Fakhry A.Assaad, Consultant Geologist and Data, Analyst, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA


1. Values and Functions of Groundwater under Cities; 2. Characteristics of Urban Groundwater; 3. Sources, Types, Characteristics and Investigation of Urban Groundwater Pollutants; 4. Mature Industrial Cities; 5. Rapidly-Urbanising Arid-Zone Cities; 6. Urban Areas of Sub-Saharan Africa: Weathered Crystalline Aquifer Systems; 7. Cities Overlying Karst and Karst-like Aquifers; 8. Groundwater Management in Urban Alluvial Aquifer Systems: Case Studies from three continents: Agadir, Lima and Los Angeles; 9. Shallow Porous Aquifers in Mediterranean Climates

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David Lerner came to academic life via a water authority and international consultants, and has taught in both Geology and Civil Engineering departments. He leads the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group (GPRG) at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. His publications range over many current issues of hydrogeology, including urban groundwater, groundwater protection, designing landfills, the behaviour of organic chemicals in the subsurface, and natural attenuation of pollutants. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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