Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6323–6333, 2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6323–6333, 2018

Research article 06 Dec 2018

Research article | 06 Dec 2018

Managed aquifer recharge with reverse-osmosis desalinated seawater: modeling the spreading in groundwater using stable water isotopes

Yonatan Ganot et al.

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In recent years, surpluses of desalinated seawater (DSW) are stored in the Israeli coastal aquifer. We monitor DSW spread in the aquifer using the difference between isotope composition of reverse-osmosis DSW and natural fresh water, which simplifies the system to two distinct end-members. A hydrogeological flow and transport model is used to demonstrate the robustness of this simplification, predict the future spread of DSW in the aquifer and mixing in wells, and estimate DSW recovery efficacy.