Project

Waterloo Moraine

The Waterloo Region has a population of 525,000 and during the past decade had annual growth of approximately 5 %. It is designated under Ontario's Places-to-Grow policy. Groundwater is the principal source of potable water for the Waterloo Region. Waterloo Moraine aquifers occur within a glacial aquifer system extending over a 400 km2 area and a sediment succession over bedrock that is > 100 m thick. The principal source of potable water in the Region is from aquifers within the surfical sediment. The aquifers are used not only for primary water supply but also as part of an artificial recharge and storage plan. Regional aquifers are some of the most intensively exploited municipal aquifers in Canada. These aquifers have been extensively studied during the past 30 years by the private sector, municipal government, conservation authorities, and provincial agencies. There is no comprehensive synthesises of the current understanding of the Waterloo aquifers. The primary objective of this activity is a special publication on the hydrogeology of the Waterloo aquifers. A special volume will highlight the importance of the groundwater resource to an urban community faced with the conflicting demands of economic growth and environmental preservation. It will integrate science-based research on the Waterloo Moraine aquifer system into the broader framework of societal issues, including policy, management and economic, and political dimensions. The volume will provide an authoritative voice in the upcoming debate on a Great Lakes pipeline for Waterloo Region.
Activity periodFrom 2009-04-01 to 2014-03-31
This project studies the following aquifer system(s)
Waterloo Moraine

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