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ahmet Feb 14, 2019 09:44 AM
dear all
I have a question related to gw body.
according to WFD CIS, formation capable of permitting 10m3 groundwater abstraction per day is regared as an aquifer.
unfortunately, I couldn't find any remark for this figure in the publications.
how was it determined ? what was the criteria ?

need your help
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EEA Feb 26, 2019 04:25 PM

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EEA Mar 12, 2019 11:03 AM

Kindly note that the Water Framework Directive (WFD) has definitions on aquifers and ground water bodies. You may refer to Article 2 of the WFD (see: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/[…]/?uri=CELEX:32000L0060).

For ease of reference, according to Article 2 (11), an aquifer "means a subsurface layer or layers of rock or other geological strata of sufficient porosity and permeability to allow either a significant flow of groundwater within an aquifer or aquifers." Furthermore, Article 2 (12) states that a "body of groundwater means a distinct volume of groundwater within an aquifer or aquifers."

The criteria on 10m3/year are used to set a threshold for the abstraction points that shall be monitored (see page 30 of the Directive: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/[…]/DOC_1&format=PDF)

For further information, you may wish to access 'water notes' on the Commission's website at: http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/notes_en.htm

Should you require additional information, you may also wish to contact the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission. Contact details may be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/environment/index_en.htm

We hope this information may be useful to you.

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