Project Appreciation and Objectives
The release of pesticides into the groundwater environment is outside the control of the water supply industry, but the provision of potable water to quality standards is its responsibility. The efficacy of removal of pesticides from raw water is dependent on the type of compound(s) present and is expensive. Optimisation of provisions for pesticides management is achieved only if change with time of concentrations and compositions can be confidently predicted.
This research will increase the understanding of processes which control the fate and behaviour of pesticides entering aquifers and will enable long-term cost-effective resource management strategies to be developed for this diffuse source pollution. WRc will be working with Cranfield University on this project.
- Development of robust, cost-effective treatment regimes that take account of natural attenuation processes
- An understanding of the potential in-situ degradation (natural attenuation) of low level contamination and the level of future investment in treatment plant required
- Reduce the risk of putting water into supply that exceeds Drinking Water quality standards
- Reduction of investment in treatment plant, which may become redundant in the long-term.