Water Quest Report: Replenishing An Aquifer 03/07/13
CBS 7 News
March 7, 2013
WEST TEXAS - As west Texans look below ground for alternative water sources, how can we ensure our groundwater doesn't run out? The natural recharge of an aquifer can take thousands of years, with the recent demand on groundwater, experts are looking into ways of enhancing this process.
Groundwater is the future but like surface water, it can also run out.
"It is a mining situation, meaning that more water is taken out than is returning into the system through recharge," said Darrell Peckham, Hydrogeologist, Water Quest, Inc.
The aquifers under west Texas are predominantly slow to recharge, which is prompting water experts to explore techniques on speeding up the natural process of absorption: surface water making it's way into the water shed.
"Go in an excavate a portion of the clay plug, fill it in with gravel, deep plowing to break it up or planting plants with feel roots to enhance permeability through the material," said Peckham.
Hydrogeologist Darrell Peckham says it's imperative that we get creative on how we preserve groundwater.
"During drought, that's even more important, as the resources dwindle certainly any method to enhance recharge to increase the water supply is beneficial and important," said Peckham.