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Hydrology and Water Sources

In Sweden we can count ourselves lucky, but that doesn’t mean we can relax. In a global perspective we have very good water resources and really good conditions for good, safe drinking water – which is in itself a precondition for a good quality of life.

But even in Sweden, water sources and other water resources are threatened by pollutants or flooding, and in the long term also by climate change. We have extensive experience of most issues relating to Sweden’s 1,800 municipal groundwater and surface water sources, or the many private wells.

Changed conditions such as climate change, environmental impact in connection with industrial operations or the growth of cities or communities affect the hydrological balance. It is important to see the impact of different scenarios in order to be able to manage these in a long-term way.

What do we do in the area of Hydrology and Water Sources?

Our assignments involve major water sources that have to supply entire cities, but also smaller water sources for just a few households. We also work on hydrological and hydrogeological issues in connection with, for example, buildings, roads/railways, mining areas and landfill sites.

We work on everything from prospecting for new water sources and investigations on expanding existing water sources to risk and vulnerability analyses, water protection and permit applications for water extraction. In our investigations for water sources we plan wells, procure well contracts, serve as drilling inspector, conduct field surveys, for example test pumping and water sampling, and evaluate these.

Examples of common assignments:

  • Water prospecting
  • Water balances
  • Water level studies
  • Climate impact assessments
  • Test pumping, capacity determinations
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Hydrological surveys of flow patterns and transport times of surface water and groundwater
  • Protection of water sources
  • Production of permits for water operations
  • Training courses


Anna Mäki

Anna Mäki

Market Area Manager Water