Research and analysis

Assessment of the potential for aquifer storage and recovery in England and Wales

This report has aimed to give an overview of Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR), including the drawbacks and advantages of the technique.


Assessment of the Potential for Aquifer Storage and Recovery in England and Wales

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Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR) offers the potential to store large volumes of water underground in an environmentally acceptable, sustainable manner. It has been widely developed over recent years in the USA, although has yet to become widely accepted in England and Wales, due to the associated uncertainties. However, interest is growing, and several water companies have initiated desk studies and field investigations to assess the potential for ASR at particular sites.

Published 1 January 1999