Constructing the profiles was a worthwhile exercise because the cross-sectoral nature of the engineering, hydrogeological, economic and institutional components of the water infrastructure forced an awareness on the project teams of the interdependence of these factors.
Typically, the Urban Groundwater Profile will be completed in at least two stages. Only the most well-studied and documented cities will possess a prior groundwater degradation risk assessment so that the second half of the profile can be completed. A more typical scenario would be for the risk and impact assessments to be completed as an aquifer protection plan activity, and the whole profile would then become a brief to deploy in policy development, preferably with the active involvement of stakeholders.
Groundwater Management Action Plan. Stage 3. Strategy Definition. Urban Groundwater Profile. Lessons learnt from Bishkek and Narayanganj.