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1st April 2016

Investigation of shallow water LiDAR

Ongoing assessment of water body condition is fundamental to meeting the objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The morphological status of the water bodies has an important role within the WFD, for this reason, an accurate assessment of status of the physical condition will be of...
21st October 2015

A review of the approach taken across the EU and internationally to the management of small scale water supplies

Small scale water supplies are a common feature in rural areas across Europe and internationally. Safe and acceptable water for human consumption that is available in sufficient quantity, physically accessible, and affordable is a crucial prerequisite for human wellbeing and social justice. Access...
3rd August 2015

Application of simple indicators to assess the role of soils in determining risks to water quality

The CREW project ‘Developing simple indicators to assess the role of soils in determining risks to water quality’ produced a methodology and four soil risk indicators (run-off, leaching, compaction and erosion).  This approach enables existing soil information to be used by non-soil specialists to...

Methods for controlling or eradicating aquatic invasive species

Since the adoption of the EC Water Framework Directive (WFD), much work has been carried out on the impact of alien invasive species on the ecological status of surface waters. The WFD ‘programmes of measures’ provide a mechanism for improving the state of the aquatic environment and for tackling...
1st June 2015

Design and build Guidance for Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems to collect / intercept field or steading run-off

Run-off from fields and farm steadings can present a pollution risk to receiving waterbodies.  Treatment systems such as RSuDS have the potential to help reduce the pollution risks such drainage can present.  The SRDP 2014-2020 contains options to help provide a contribution towards the costs of...
20th December 2015

Development of a Screening Framework to improve Bathing and Shellfish Water Quality

A key objective of the second and third River Basin Management Plans will involve the protection and improvement of identified bathing waters and shellfish waters which are at risk of failing WFD objectives due to bacterial contamination. These waters may be at risk from multiple sources of...
22nd October 2015

The North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System: A review

The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership is made up of Scottish Water, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, South Lanarkshire Council, Clyde Gateway, Scottish Enterprise, Renfrewshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and...
10th April 2015

Innovative solutions for sustainable drinking water treatment at small to medium scales

Within the EU 20/20 program and national strategic objectives, there is recognition for a need to transition to a resource efficient and regenerative circular economy. Within this, water is seen as a significant enabling factor. While major urban managed water systems have seen much improvement to...
10th April 2015

Water Resource Balancing: Is a closed loop system possible that enables sustainable rural supplies?

The aim of this work is to carry out a mass balance of energy, nutrients and other potential resources at a range of scales (single house to a small community). The study will consider whether a closed loop cycle for water and energy is possible. In doing so, the project team will identify...

Developing a foundation for reclaimed water re-use in scotland

This project aims to develop a foundation for reclaimed water use in Scotland. The focus is on the intentional reuse of final effluents, which here is defined as the treated final effluent from municipal/urban wastewater treatment plants. The research has been undertaken in two stages: 1)...

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