30 October 1975

Hydrogeology and the Water Authorities held at Anglian Water Authority, Huntingdon

Hydrogeologists in the Water Industry. By H. J. Richards

During the past two decades the importance of groundwater resources in the United Kingdom has been increasingly recognized, and this is indicated by the role of specialist staff in executive, research, private and government bodies, and by changes in education and training. Few hydro-geologists are found at present in management and their potential contribution has not yet been realized. There is a need to ensure maximum development of groundwater, taking account of other considerations, to provide adequate geological advice, and to ensure that research and development take account of short- and long-term problems.

Some Aspects of Hydrogeology in the Water Authorities. By H. G. Headworth and M. Owen

The employment of hydrogeologists in the Water Authorities was inherited from the former River Authorities where the need for their specialist expertise arose from the implementation of the Water Resources Act of 1963. Since those early days the role of the hydrogeologist has expanded and now potentially covers three broad fields: resource planning, resource development and water quality control.

Stemming from the time of the River Authorities, the most widely established field of activity is in the assessment of current aquifer conditions on both regional and local scales, leading to a contribution in designing and planning groundwater developments for the purpose of enhancing resources. It is a logical progression to be involved in the construction and testing of these developments, followed ultimately

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