Groundwaters of the “Valjevo Karst” Area (Western Serbia)

  • Petar Dokmanović University of Belgrade – Faculty of Mining & Geology, Department of Hydrogeology
  • Veljko Marinović Centre for Karst Hydrogeology, Department of Hydrogeology, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Belgrade
Keywords: karst aquifers, groundwater traces, springs, wells, multipurpose use

Abstract

“Valjevo karst” is a merokarst area of about 320 km2, in the Inner Dinarides of Western Serbia. In the litho-stratigraphic view, the karstified limestones of Middle-Upper Triassic dominate, in which karst aquifers are formed. Analysis and systematization of the available data of hydrogeological and other relevant research is carried out. A branched network of groundwater traces between swallow holes and discharge points is presented as well as main features of fourteen karst springs (or scattered discharge zones) and nine (group of) wells, divided into four sectors. The total minimum flow rate of the analyzed karst springs and discharge zones is estimated at 1.1 m3/s, while the total flow rate of the analyzed wells is estimated at about 0.3-0.4 m3/s, which makes about 1.5 m3/s totally. All analyzed waters are low-mineralized (<1 g / l), while temperatures ranged from 9-35oС. Use of the water is multipurpose: municipal and local water supply, commercial bottling, recreational pools etc.

Published
2021-08-02
How to Cite
Dokmanović, P. and Marinović, V. (2021) “Groundwaters of the ‘Valjevo Karst’ Area (Western Serbia)”, Geološki anali Balkanskoga poluostrva, 82(1), pp. 47-58. doi: 10.2298/GABP210311002D.
Section
Original Scientific Paper