Some of our natural springs have recharge areas located in natural parks or ecological reserves. Others benefits from protected area boundaries.
Local regulations delineate the protection areas around the springs. Depending on source vulnerability, these specifications can cover a large or small extended perimeter and can be more or less stringent.
Within these regulatory perimeters, activities likely to have an adverse impact on water quality can be banned or regulated, especially underground work or facilities that could be toxic to the environment.
Did you Know ?
In Argentina in the province of Mendoza – home to the ECO DE LOS ANDES spring – there is an extensive protection area of 110,000 hectares in which any activity that could contaminate the heritage of the water is forbidden.
Protection in partnership with local communities.
Technical or regulatory protection is not always sufficient to fully guarantee long-term protection.
The vulnerability of a given source is highly dependent on several parameters including:
Localisation and delineation of the recharge area
- where the rain or snowmelt seeps underground to feed the aquifer. Geological natural protection of the aquifer from surface contamination.
- depth, permeability, filtration characteristics of the geological layers.
Human activities that may affect groundwater quality
- farming practices, industrial runoff, traffic accidents, storm water runoff from roads and domestic waste.
Considering these parameters, we identify different perimeters of vulnerability with respect of a high, moderate or low risk of contamination.
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