Groundwater pollution : myth and reality implications for rural subdivision.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The extensive groundwater beneath the Canterbury Plains is an important source of domestic water. In some areas the potability of groundwater is at risk from high bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen concentrations. A combination of human use on the land with associated development in a growing District such as the Waimakariri, and an unconfined aquifer has led to groundwater pollution. This pollution is a perceived potential hazard and threat to the health and safety of rural communities of North Canterbury. This thesis explores the groundwater resource at Mandeville, North Canterbury, and assesses the pollution potential. It also discusses the perceptions of the different interested parties involved with groundwater and its quality. Management options and decision-making as they relate to this perceived problem are also discussed. This thesis has recognised that if this water resource is intended for future use, untreated, then holistic management of the groundwater and land resources is necessary.