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Has water-saving irrigation recovered groundwater in the Hebei Province plains of China?

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  • Hongbo Zhang
  • Vijay P. Singh
  • Dongyong Sun
  • Qijun Yu
  • Wei Cao

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This study performed a quantitative evaluation of the impact of water-saving irrigation on the groundwater regime in the Hebei Province plains area. In this work, the change in groundwater regime and the contributions of precipitation and water-saving irrigation development were investigated. The results indicate that the groundwater overdraft has been mitigated to some extent, mainly due to changes in precipitation and the implementation of water-saving irrigation, with contributions of 64.3% and 35.7%, respectively, when considering only these two factors. Water-saving irrigation is accepted as an important means for reducing groundwater depletion, but should be used in conjunction with other measures.

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  • Hongbo Zhang & Vijay P. Singh & Dongyong Sun & Qijun Yu & Wei Cao, 2017. "Has water-saving irrigation recovered groundwater in the Hebei Province plains of China?," International Journal of Water Resources Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(4), pages 534-552, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:cijwxx:v:33:y:2017:i:4:p:534-552
    DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2016.1192994
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    1. Kendy, Eloise & Molden, David J. & Steenhuis, Tammo S. & Liu, Changming & Wang, Jinxia, 2003. "Policies drain the North China Plain: Agricultural policy and groundwater depletion in Luancheng County, 1949-2000," IWMI Research Reports 44560, International Water Management Institute.
    2. Kendy, E. & Molden, David J. & Steenhuis, T. S. & Liu, C., 2003. "Policies drain the North China Plain: Agricultural policy and groundwater depletion in Luancheng County, 1949-2000," IWMI Research Reports H033678, International Water Management Institute.
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