Benefits of Groundwater Development

Groundwater sustainability must necessarily take into account the numerous dimensions of this concept, among them the socio-economic and even ecological benefits that result from groundwater use. Socio-economic benefits range from drinking water supply to economic development, as a result of agricultural growth in a region. With respect to the potential ecological benefits, the use of groundwater resources can often eliminate the need for new large and expensive hydraulic infrastructures that might seriously damage the natural regime of a river or stream and/or create serious social problems (World Commission on Dams, 2000).

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