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'File 19/252 Bahrain Water Supply' [‎7r] (15/96)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (45 folios). It was created in 29 May 1939-19 Nov 1942. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Introduc tion
ih is report is concerned with the sources or domestic
v^&ter on Hahrain Island and an attempt to evaluate these sources
with respect to their productivity and their ability to sustain
production. Discussion will be limited to those sources outside
the "Rim Rock" as being of primary value. Sources within the
"Rim Rock" are relatively unimportant as compared with those
outside, and are furthermore, of dirierent origin.
Water within the "Rim Rock" is obtained at a rather uni
form elevation and appears to be fresh by virtue of an en-
filtration of rain water which floats on top of denser salt
water contained in the formation. as the rate and volume of
water withdrawal from wells in this area is increased, the salt
content should increase regardless of withdrawals or contamina
tion at other points. Also, in years of heavy rainfall the
salt content might be expected to drop slightly.
Summary and Hecnmmpnri ations
There are three water producing zones on the Island.
01 these three. Zone "B" is the most important and furnishes
the great majority of the potable water. Neither Zone "A"
nor Zone "C" has been isolated olten enough to furnish conclusive
prool ot its individual worth. It is recommended that in the
future, every ellort be made to collect data on these horizons.
Salt contents of water increase as one goes from north
to south on the island, with the more rapid increase on the east
side. Information on this problem is sadljt lacking south of
Zellaq. and south ol the refinery area. Every effort should be
made to gather evidence pertinent to this condition. It is
said that scattered wells have been drilled in the area south
of /-
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The documents in this file are all related to the natural water supply of Bahrain.

They include two detailed surveys of the island's water supply, correspondence concerning the status of Bahrain's artesian wells, concerns about the wastage of water in gardens owned by Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (and other members of the Al Khalifa family) and more general correspondence regarding the usage of water in Bahrain.

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1 volume (45 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Previously a bound volume, its sheets have been unbound and are now loose. Foliation starts with 1A for the file cover. The first page of the volume is 1B. It continues to the last page. Foliation in pencil numbers in top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . Additional foliation has been rubbed out but is still faintly visible. Further foliation starts with 31 on f.21 and continues to f.27. It is then also rubbed out but traces remain visible. Due to foliation error, we have f.36A and f.36B instead of f.36.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 19/252 Bahrain Water Supply' [‎7r] (15/96), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/376, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 15 December 2019]

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