Consequences of Poor Groundwater Studies
A thorough analysis of a potential build site is an essential part of project development. In addition to studying the character of soil and other geologic features, groundwater systems must also be carefully inspected. Failing to do so can have some complex outcomes that are potentially expensive and difficult to fix. For example:
- Individual sources of groundwater can be contaminated when disrupted by build activities.
- Aquifers already affected by abstraction are further disrupted.
- The contamination or disruption of groundwater resources affects agricultural, industrial, and commercial activities.
- Environmental features that rely on the presence and action of ground water systems are significantly disturbed.
- Structure foundations placed below the water table may require basement drainage systems and other solutions to cope with the presence of water.
Groundwater Does Not Have to Be a Problem
Traditionally, groundwater has been regarded as an obstacle that engineering solutions were required to solve. While strategies such as the creation of aquifer cut-off walls and the use of water removal pumps are still important, early identification of the presence of groundwater and the potential obstacles presented by it allow for more effective problem solving.
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