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Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment for the Corridor Wellfield Using DRASTIC and Modified DRASTIC Models: A Case Study of Eastern Jordan

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Abstract: Groundwatervulnerability maps were created for the Corridor wellfield (~300 km2)in the eastern Jordan using the DRASTIC and modified DRASTIC groundwatervulnerability assessment models. The study area is considered as one of the most important well fieldstherein providing partially three governorates with the needed drinking water.Detailed geological and hydrogeological parameters as well as the land-use mapof the area were obtained from various sources to utilize both models. ArcGISsoftware was used for calculations and maps preparation. As a result, thegeneric DRASTIC vulnerability index ranges between 109 and 168. Thus, two vulnerabilityclasses were observed, moderate (9.9 ) and high (90.1 ) vulnerability classes.On the other hand, the modified DRASTIC model (risk map) is taking into accountthe land-use map classes in the study area. The output risk map reveals twomain classes, the moderate and high-risk areas. The moderate-risk areas occupy9.3 of the total volume of the study area while the high-risk areas are 90.7 .Due to the high depth to groundwater within the area (between 90 m and 390 m),the depth to groundwater intervals was modified in the model to become morecomfortable with the situation in Jordan. The high percentage of the highvulnerable areas against pollutants reflects the need to do more investigation for the studiedarea.

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