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Summary of groundwater resources in Haiti

James K. Adamson, Gerald Jean-Baptiste and W. Javan Miner
Summary of groundwater resources in Haiti (in Geoscience for the public good and global development; toward a sustainable future, Gregory R. Wessel (editor) and Jeffrey K. Greenberg (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (2016) 520: 137-158


Groundwater resources in Haiti are considered abundant, with greater than 2 billion cubic meters per year (2 X 10 (super 9) m (super 3) /yr) of renewable resources and 56 billion cubic meters of reserves. However, groundwater is not available everywhere and many aquifers are often low yielding, discontinuous, or are at risk from saltwater intrusion, overexploitation, reduced recharge, and contamination. Economic development, population growth, and climate change are factors that will increase stress on groundwater resources. Sector leadership, capacity building mechanisms, integrated water policy, and a clear regulatory framework are urgently needed to manage, regulate, and protect Haiti's groundwater resources to achieve long-term security. Accomplishing this requires technical support and practical references that summarize the groundwater resources and their vulnerabilities, complexities, and opportunities. This chapter includes a summary of knowledge, information, and experience to aid the development and management of Haiti's groundwater resources, as well as provides an overview of its complex hydrogeology. Five broad hydrogeological environments are differentiated: (1) Unconsolidated alluvium accounts for 26% of Haiti's land area--it includes a large portion of the country's groundwater reserves and is the most exploited for irrigation, industry, and potable water; (2) interior sedimentary units account for 32% of Haiti's land area and include up to 25% of the country's groundwater reserves--springs from carbonate aquifers are significant sources of water supply throughout the country; (3) reef carbonate accounts for 6% of Haiti's land area, with locally available coastal karst aquifer systems serving some of the most rural, driest, and impoverished areas of Haiti; (4) semiconsolidated units account for 21% of Haiti's land area--their low groundwater potential limits rural and urban water use throughout the country; and (5) igneous bedrock accounts for 15% of Haiti's land area--its discontinuous groundwater reserves are an important source of water in rural and mountainous areas.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 520
Title: Summary of groundwater resources in Haiti
Title: Geoscience for the public good and global development; toward a sustainable future
Author(s): Adamson, James K.Jean-Baptiste, GeraldMiner, W. Javan
Author(s): Wessel, Gregory R.editor
Author(s): Greenberg, Jeffrey K.editor
Affiliation: Northwater International, Chapel Hill, NC, United States
Affiliation: Geology in the Public Interest, Vashon, WA, United States
Pages: 137-158
Published: 2016
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 78
Accession Number: 2016-090169
Categories: HydrogeologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sects., 10 tables, geol. sketch maps
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Secondary Affiliation: Foratech Environnement, HTI, Haiti
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201644
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