Some areas near the surface may not be saturated with water and only have an intermittent supply of water. But, many areas deeper under the surface are saturated with water accumulated over hundreds or even thousands of years. These areas often supply permanent springs and can be tapped with boreholes to provide water. When we draw groundwater from deep aquifer supplies, we are tapping into water locked away under the surface and filtered through layer upon layer of rock. This is one of the reasons why groundwater is so reliable. The water in these areas may even be protected against recent surface pollution, providing a high quality supply where none was previously available.
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Follow these links to find out more about Groundwater, the Threats it faces and how we can Protect it. There are many web sites with education resources on groundwater – a selection may be found here
For a recent summary of key issues in international groundwater
management go here