Groundwater Resources in Poland

Disposable groundwater resources constitute the quantity of groundwaters whose intake from the hydrogeological system does not deteriorate their chemical condition, nor does it affect the desired condition of groundwater-dependent ecosystems.

Disposable groundwater resources constitute the quantity of groundwaters whose intake from the hydrogeological system does not deteriorate their chemical condition, nor does it affect the desired condition of groundwater-dependent ecosystems. A hydrogeological balance system comprises a groundwater river basin along with the areas of groundwater inflow to intakes situated within the catchment divide.

The current total amount of disposable groundwater resources in Poland (according to the condition as at 31 Dec 2016) is approximately 37 M m3/day.

Over 90% of the territory of the country contains very high and high reserves of disposable resources. Areas of average resource reserves cover 5.7%, whereas low and very low reserves can be observed in 1.9% of the country. In 1.4% of the country there is a danger of shortage of disposable groundwater resources (utilisation degree of groundwater resources of over 90%). Those are regions where dewatering systems for brown coal opencast mines operate and where high concentration of intakes of municipal and industrial agglomerations can be observed.