Bank filtration as managed surface - Groundwater interaction

Thomas Grischek, Chittaranjan Ray

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Riverbank Filtration (RBF) is a managed surface-groundwater interaction process where surface water is induced to flow to pumping wells installed on the banks of rivers and lakes. We present the surface-groundwater interaction issues at various geomorphologic settings, from the headwaters of a river to its confluence with the oceans/lakes. In each reach, the factors for the sustainable operation of RBF systems are discussed. Siting of wells with respect to the river/lake, scouring and clogging of the river beds and the resulting impacts on pollutant removal, managing the wells during floods, and RBF at other settings have been addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Water
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bank filtration
  • Clogging
  • Groundwater flow
  • Morphology
  • River slope
  • Siting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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