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The reported River Basin Management Plans, for Italy’s six River Basin Districts, identified that 53% present a good quantitative status, 16% a poor quantitative status and the status is unknown for the remaining 31% of Italy’s groundwater bodies. Italy’s groundwater bodies quantitative status is mainly caused by overexploitation, failure to achieve environemental objectives for surface waters and saline intrusion. Overexploitation of groundwater resources occurs mainly in the large urban areas of northern Italy, the tourist areas of the coasts of Romagna and Toscana, large industrial areas and densely cultivated areas such as the valley of the river Po. Italian authorities’ main response to overexploitation is the monitoring of all groundwater abstractions and the prohibition of abstraction to all unmetered abstraction points. Furthermore, Italian authorities have initiated pilot programmes of groundwater recharge in areas of Piedmont and planned for areas in Toscana and promote the replacement of groundwater with re-used and treated water mainly for industrial and irrigation purposes (EASAC, 2010b).

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  • schafmon (Monika Schaffner) 19 Apr 2012 10:21:37

    Comment to Chapter 8:

    As Switzerland can not be included in the remaining part of the text, due to the fact that only RBMP data and information are analysed, please at least include Switzerland as a case-study. Groundwater quantity and quality have been well monitored and analysed during the last decades; the monitoring results of the various aspects are summarized online (also in english):

    We will be happy to provide further information or to help formulate a text for this case-study.

    Thank you.

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