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Groundwater Quality – Indicator Graphs

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  Freda Jonck
E-mail: jonckf@dws.gov.za
   
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  June 2013
  March 2010
   
   
   
   
   

The purpose of this map is to give an overview of groundwater quality changes in the Western Cape Region. The approach used was to select monitoring points and use these as indicators for groundwater quality changes, rather than try to generalize changes using - for example - contouring. The monitoring points selected were those from the national groundwater quality monitoring (ZQM) programme. The backdrop shows the regional variations in groundwater quality, based on the 1:500 000 Hydrogeological Map series. One interesting trend that can be seen on this map is that a large number of hot springs have shown increasing chloride values for the last decade or so. The reason for this trend is not known.

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