Water supply spring zone Novljanska Žrnovnica (Croatia) – new quantities of drinking water in the conditions of salt water intrusion

  • Ranko Biondić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, Hallerova aleja 7, HR-42000, Varaždin
  • Božidar Biondić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, Hallerova aleja 7, HR-42000, Varaždin
  • Hrvoje Meaški University of Zagreb, Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, Hallerova aleja 7, HR-42000, Varaždin

Abstract

This paper presents an approach for solving the problem of exploitation of freshwater in the coastal karst aquifer during summer dry periods in the conditions of potential salt water intrusion. The approach is presented on the example of spring zone Novljanska Žrnovnica, situated in the northern part of Croatian Adriatic coastal region. The spring zone is used for water supply (about 250 l/s) of an important tourist area of Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski. After unsuccessful attempts of physical separation of freshwater system from the sea influence, by construction of grout curtain, hydrogeological studies have focused on the possibility of groundwater capturing in the hinterland of discharge zone, outside of the zone of periodical salinity. The final research results with the exploitation well in the spring hinterland can serve as a model for research and exploitation of drinking water in natural conditions of unstable freshwater-saltwater interface in similar natural conditions.

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Published
2012-12-15
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Biondić R, Biondić B, Meaški H. Water supply spring zone Novljanska Žrnovnica (Croatia) – new quantities of drinking water in the conditions of salt water intrusion. AC [Internet]. 2012Dec.15 [cited 2020May31];41(2-3). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/carsologica/article/view/562
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