Evaluation of groundwater over-abstraction by industrial activities in the Trakya region, Turkey - A case of urban groundwater resource over-abstraction

ÖNGEN A. , Tinmaz E.

Conference of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Management and Sustainable Development of Urban Groundwater Systems, Baku, Azerbaycan, 6 - 15 Ağustos 2004, cilt.74, ss.117-118 identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Bildiri / Tam Metin Bildiri
  • Cilt numarası: 74
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Baku
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Azerbaycan
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.117-118


This study examines the effects of rapidly increasing industrial activities on groundwater levels in the Trakya Region of Turkey where groundwater is the main resource for industrial, agricultural, and domestic water supply. The Ergene River Basin (11,325 km 2) is the most important catchment, around half of which is underlain by the unconfined 600 m thick Corlu/Ergene aquifer of Miocene/Pliocene age. Using water-table monitoring data from 13 monitoring wells the relation between potential pumping and water table fluctuation was evaluated. The average aquifer reserve and the total discharge of the area per year were determined as 340 and 460 Mm(3) respectively. The annual recharge was calculated as 123 Mm(3). The results show that the total amount of discharge (outflow + withdrawal) is much higher than the groundwater recharge, i.e. the system is not sustainable.