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[[File:Liberia_Hydrogeology.png | center | thumb| 400px | Hydrogeology of Liberia at 1:5 million scale. For more information on how the map was developed see the [[Africa Groundwater Atlas Hydrogeology Maps | hydrogeology map]] resource page]].
 
[[File:Liberia_Hydrogeology.png | center | thumb| 400px | Hydrogeology of Liberia at 1:5 million scale. For more information on how the map was developed see the [[Africa Groundwater Atlas Hydrogeology Maps | hydrogeology map]] resource page]].
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There is relatively little information on hydrogeology and groundwater potential of the aquifers in Liberia.
  
 
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==Groundwater use and management==
 
 
===Groundwater use===
 
 
In 1988, the UN reported that groundwater was used to supply five towns via urban distribution networks, three of which abstracted groundwater from 150 m deep boreholes and the other two from large diameter wells. Groundwater was also widely used in rural areas and small towns, usually from hand dug wells equipped with traditional equipment or modern hand pumps, and in some cases also from drilled boreholes. Many hand dug wells are dug into the laterite surface formations (UN 1988). Maintenance of handpumps was reported as a key problem in rural areas, often leading to abandonment of boreholes and wells (UN 1988).
 
 
In 1988 the UN reported that two mining companies use groundwater for their industrial use, but that very little groundwater was used in agriculture, mainly because of abundant rainfall. Groundwater was used to a limited extent in the dry season for nursery irrigation of commercial crops (e.g. oil palm, coffee and cocoa) (UN 1988).
 
  
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Water point databases exist with information on more than 3,000 hand dug wells and more than 600 boreholes in Liberia, although information for some parts of the country is not yet recorded. Most of this information was collated during the 2011 [http://wash-liberia.org/data-maps/ Liberian Waterpoint mapping project]. Most of the waterpoints recorded are groundwater sources - hand dug wells or boreholes, although only protected (improved) hand dug wells are recorded  in the database. The waterpoint database does not contain much groundwater information: no geological log information is available for the groundwater sources, and most have no information on groundwater (rest/static) level. Some qualitative water quality information is available. The waterpoint database is available to view and download at the [http://wash-liberia.org/data-maps/ WASH Liberia] website.  
 
Water point databases exist with information on more than 3,000 hand dug wells and more than 600 boreholes in Liberia, although information for some parts of the country is not yet recorded. Most of this information was collated during the 2011 [http://wash-liberia.org/data-maps/ Liberian Waterpoint mapping project]. Most of the waterpoints recorded are groundwater sources - hand dug wells or boreholes, although only protected (improved) hand dug wells are recorded  in the database. The waterpoint database does not contain much groundwater information: no geological log information is available for the groundwater sources, and most have no information on groundwater (rest/static) level. Some qualitative water quality information is available. The waterpoint database is available to view and download at the [http://wash-liberia.org/data-maps/ WASH Liberia] website.  

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