Challenges in assessing the regional feasibility of local water storage

M.J. Nikkels*, P.R. van Oel, H. Meinke, P.J.G.J. Hellegers

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The regional effects of local water storage are largely unknown. This study identifies, categorizes and discusses the challenges in assessing the potential of local water storage. These are illustrated using a structured method applied to a Dutch case. We conclude that the focus must shift from storage ‘potential’ (the quantity of water that can be stored) to storage ‘feasibility’, which depends on exploitability, purpose and interactions between storage alternatives. Spatial and temporal scale also influence feasibility. Finally, farmers’ investment preferences are a factor, though these are shrouded in uncertainty. This overview is a first step towards improving storage assessment tools and processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)854-870
JournalWater International
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2019


  • agricultural water management
  • Local water storage
  • Netherlands
  • scale issues
  • storage feasibility

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