Geochemical Processes During Managed Aquifer Recharge With Desalinated Seawater Academic Article uri icon


  • We study geochemical processes along the variably‐saturated zone during managed aquifer recharge (MAR) with reverse‐osmosis desalinated seawater (DSW). The DSW, post‐ treated at the desalination plant by calcite dissolution (remineralization) to meet the Israeli water quality standards, is recharged into the Israeli Coastal Aquifer through an infiltration pond. Water quality monitoring during two MAR events using suction cups and wells inside the pond indicates that cation exchange is the dominant subsurface reaction, driven by the high Ca2+ concentration in the post‐treated DSW. Stable isotope analysis shows that the shallow groundwater composition is similar to the recharged DSW, except for enrichment of Mg2+, Na+, Ca2+, and. A calibrated variably‐saturated reactive transport model is used to predict the geochemical evolution during 50 years of MAR for two water quality scenarios …

publication date

  • February 1, 2018