The Effects of Polluted River Water to the Riverside Groundwater, Case in Niger River in Koulikoro

  •  Drissa Traore    
  •  Qian Hui    


Ground water demand is increasing in many African nations due to a number of factors. The growth of population, climate change, increase pollution of rivers, and insufficient number of purifying stations and waste water treatment (or almost nonexistent) have pushed to the water authorities for exploitation of underground water. These underground /groundwater have a relationship with surface water. Then what can be the effects of polluted River to its riverside groundwater? To explore the answer of this question and for the prevention sustainable and a better integrated management of water resources, we will do in-depth study on “the relationship between river water and riverside ground”.

In Koulikoro region the results of this research show that Surface waters have poor bacteriological quality, the amount of total coliforms is very high, and accordingly Niger River’s waters are not allowed for consumption without treatment. However the river water can be safely used for laundry, bath, sports and recreation. Generally the Groundwater quality is good despite increased salinity has been observed sporadically. We found also that for the entire region of Koulikoro the average infiltration rate is less than 19.8% of the gross rainfall.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-0488
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-0496
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: semiannual

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