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Title: Managed aquifer recharge in Atlantis, South Africa
Authors: Tredoux, G
Genthe, B
Steyn, M
Germanis, J
Keywords: Aquifer recharge
Town of Atlantis
Water supply
Water Reclamation Technologies
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Citation: Tredoux, G, Genthe, B, Steyn, M and Germanis, J. Managed aquifer recharge in Atlantis, South Africa. Advances in Water Reclamation Technologies for Safe Managed Aquifer Recharge. IWA Publishing. London, UK, pp 121-140
Series/Report no.: Workflow;7106
Abstract: The town of Atlantis with a population exceeding 60,000 is located 50 km north of the centre of the City of Cape Town and presently forms part of the metropolitan area. Previously, the area resorted under the authority of the Cape Divisional Council and in 1976, the new Atlantis development was declared a National Growth Point, under the government’s “decentralisation initiative”. As it was planned to become an industrial growth point various incentives were introduced for attracting industries to the area. As the west coast is semiarid, the importation of surface water from the Berg River system, located some 70km distant, was planned as the permanent water supply source. However, in 1972 the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry started developing local groundwater as an interim measure allowing for the postponement of the pipeline construction. In the early phases of development all water supply was provided by the perennial springs at Silwerstroom. These produced an average flow of about 1 x 106 m3 per year. A weir was constructed to capture the spring flow in a small dam, from which it was pumped to the growing town. Subsequently two wellfields were developed and over the next 25 years the local groundwater proved itself as a sustainable water resource providing the bulk of the water demand. Only in 2000 limited augmentation of the water supply by surface water was introduced via an alternative route.
Description: Copyright: 2011 IWA Publishing. This is a post-print version of the work. The definitive version is published in Advances in Water Reclamation Technologies for Safe Managed Aquifer Recharge, pp. 121-140
URI: http://www.iwaponline.com/wio/2012/wio2012RF9781780400648.htm
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6084
ISBN: 978-1-84339344-3
9781780400648
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Water resources and human health
General science, engineering & technology

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