Contamination risk assessment for groundwater of the Kucuk Menderes River basin, Izmir, Turkey

Pusatli O., Camur M., Yazicigil H.

International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, Davis, Antarctica, 01 April 2000, pp.425-430 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Davis
  • Country: Antarctica
  • Page Numbers: pp.425-430


A new water management plan is needed for the Kucuk Menderes River basin in Turkey, due to increasing water demand and decreasing quality of the groundwater. Vulnerability, quality and risk assessments were performed using a hybrid model containing both hydrogeological and hydrochemical parameters for managing irrigation waters in the basin. The relative contamination (quality) distribution of groundwater at present was established using an irrigation water quality index. The distribution shows the contamination source related problem areas that should be avoided during water management planning. The established contamination vulnerability of the units in the basin indicates the areas that should be dealt with cautiously. The relative risk distribution established using both quality and vulnerability data provides the necessary water planning quality risk criteria for future irrigation applications.