Effects of urbanization on groundwater quantity and quality in Perth, Western Australia

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Abstract

[Truncated] Hydrologic changes commonly attributed to urbanization include increases in rainfall, potential evaporation, runoff and stream flooding, and decreases in soil infiltration, recharge, groundwater levels and base flow to streams. Pollution of groundwater and surface waters by sewage and industrial effluent have also been reported. Pollution of surface waters by stormwaters is relatively common but no effects on groundwaters have previously been reported.
In Perth, Western Australia, groundwater levels have been noted to rise, rather than fall, following urbanization. Groundwater levels were low during 1977-79, the second driest three-year period recorded. During these three years, an additional 27000 private bores were installed in the Perth area and limited saline intrusion was reported from around the Swan-Canning estuary.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date16 Apr 1985
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 1984

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