Articles | Volume 59
18 Nov 2022
 | 18 Nov 2022

Protection of peri-urban groundwater catchments: a multi-tracer approach for the identification of urban pollution sources

Laura Balzani, Philippe Orban, and Serge Brouyère

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The project develops an integrated methodology to optimise the protection of groundwater catchments from urban pollution. This requires identifying their origins which are not always known, characterising composition and importance in terms of pollutant load, assessing current/future risks for the environment and the catchment itself, and the need for remediation. To do so, a combination of tracers and approaches has been applied and a decision-making reference system is going to be developed.