Specific groundwater recharge combined with the storage of surplus water in the geological subsoil and subsequent recovery in times of high demand is a cost-effective method to balance seasonal fluctuations in water availability. This method, known as “Managed Aquifer Recharge” (MAR), is a globally recognised process for sustainable water resources management, which can significantly increase the resilience of water supply infrastructures against extreme hydro-climatic events.
The recently launched SMART-Control project which is being coordinated by the Technische Universität Darmstadt, is designed to reduce the risk of using MAR by developing a web-based monitoring and control system. The system consists of a real-time monitoring of hydraulic and water quality parameters in a web-based platform. The Platform combines on-site measurements with modeling approaches and is used to assess risks to
- human health
- operation (colmation, hydraulic load)
at various pilot sites in Germany, France, Cyprus and Brazil which are operated under very different hydrogeological, climatic and socioeconomic conditions.