Hydrology, Volume 7, Issue 4 (December 2020) – 30 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): In this study, after presenting a detailed description of the Serchio River RiverBank Filtration (RBF) site (Lucca, Italy), we used a multidisciplinary approach to estimate the increase in aquifer recharge and the ratio of bank filtrate to ambient groundwater abstracted at the drinking water wells. Based on chemical mixing, a precautionary amount of abstracted Serchio River water is estimated to be on average 85% of the total amount of water abstracted in a year (~16 Mm3). As in several cases of surface water/groundwater interactions, the induced recharge component in RBF schemes is not duly acknowledged; we suggest making clear reference to the fact that the bank filtration is not completely due to natural recharge, but may partly/almost completely be human-made by defining this managed aquifer recharge technique as induced RBF. View this paper.
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