Groundwater monitoring of the Cape Flats Aquifer

Quarterly groundwater monitoring of the Cape Flats Aquifer (CFA) is undertaken by Umvoto Africa geologists and hydrogeologists to build up a baseline prior to any large-scale abstraction and managed aquifer recharge (MAR).

Difficulties of groundwater monitoring (and large-scale groundwater abstraction) of the Cape Flats Aquifer
Difficulties of groundwater monitoring (and large-scale groundwater abstraction) of the Cape Flats Aquifer. Mahlatse Malatjie, a Junior Geologist, taking a water level within Hanover Park.

Wellfields are spread across the CFA targeting the thickest portion of the aquifer within the paleochannel (old river channel). Some wellfields are located in areas with high crime rates which result in an ongoing battle of protecting the boreholes from vandalism and related contamination of the aquifer.