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Groundwater levels in Swedish water wells, May 2023

First annual update of groundwater levels in 2023

A long winter and a spring that never wanted to end…and now early summer all over the country. At last!

It is time for the first groundwater update of the year with data from SGU, and from online Aqvify-wells in private homes, communities and farms.

SGU reports good normal to slightly higher groundwater levels for the season in most places. The wells connected with Aqvify also show good levels – we can however see that the groundwater levels actually have started to drop. Some wells have only dropped 20 cm, while others as much as 3 meters.

SGU

The long wet spring filled the reservoirs well. SGU report in their very aprechiated “Current groundwater levels“-maps normal to high levels for the season in most parts of the country.

See below for the forecast ahead.

SGU: Current groundwater levels week 20 2023

Wells with Aqvify

Wells with Aqvify, May 2023

The wells connected with Aqvify also show good levels. However, we can see that groundwater levels have started to drop – some wells only 20 cm, while others as much as 3 meters. 

The difference between the stable level measured by SGU (Ingarö), and the drop in some of the online wells can probably partly be explained by an increase in water use now when cottages are starting to get populated. We also know that each well is unique with its own prerequisites. SGU measures level from wells where there is no water use at all.

The last few days rain is hardly visible in the groundwater levels, which indicates that the ground is overall dry.

Please visit Grundvattenkollen.se to see a selection of the wells.

Forecast of future groundwater levels

How do the groundwater levels look going forward? That is of course the big question…

There are many indications for a hot and dry summer – mainly from the climate changes, and on top of that the (in)famous weather phenomenon El Nino.

El Nino may get particularly strong this year and cause extreme weather, according to experts. Thus, there is an increased risk ranging from droughts like in 2018 to heavy downpours.

Below is the SGU 60 day forecast with diffferent scenarios for dry/normal/wet.

 

SGU grundwater forecast 2023 week20

SGU: 60 days forecast at dry/normal/wet conditions, week 20 2023

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