Only four months after initiation of the cooperation project “Improvement of Groundwater Monitoring inViet Nam” (IGPVN) of the National Center of Water Resources Planning and Investigation (CWRPI) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR),
funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany, drilling activities have started in the pilot area Nam Dinh province. During the following construction work, CWRPI is installing 28 monitoring wells in 10 communes of 8 districts of Nam Dinh province with a maximum depth of 160 m below surface, in order to improve the National Ground Water Monitoring Network in Nam Dinh, which is operated by the Center for Water Resources Monitoring and Forecast, a subcenter of the CWRPI.
Nowadays, groundwater is an important water resource for communal drinking water supply especially in the south of Nam Dinh province. Due to the high vulnerability of surface water resources for exploitation, pollution and possible climate change impacts, groundwater will become more important not only for Nam Dinh province but also for whole Viet Nam in the near future. Already today, groundwater is threatened by overexploitation which results in decreasing water levels, land subsidence and seawater intrusion. Moreover, pollution by untreated industrial and human waste waters which are infiltrating subsurface and negatively affect the groundwater quality. Therefore, sustainable management of groundwater resources is crucial for the safety of our future drinking water supply.