Prospects for Managed Underground Storage of Recoverable Water (October 2007)Report in Brief
Growing demands for water in many parts of the nation are fueling the search for new approaches to sustainable water management, including how best to store water. Society has historically relied on dams and reservoirs, but problems such as high evaporation rates and a lack of suitable land for dam construction are driving interest in the prospect of storing water underground. The National Research Council convened a committee to assess past experiences with managed underground water storage systems and to identify research priorities for development of future underground storage projects. The resulting report concludes that managed underground storage should be considered a valuable tool in a water manager's portfolio and recommends ways to address the unique challenges posed by managed underground storage systems through research and regulatory measures. Support for this study was provided by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation, WateReuse Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, The CALFED Bay-Delta Program and the California Department of Water Resources Conjunctive Water Management Branch, Water Replenishment District of Southern California, City of Phoenix, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Chino Basin Watermaster, and the President's Committee of the National Academies.