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1st March 2014

Water quality and radon: Implications for Scotland of the provisions and scope of the Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom for radon in drinking water

The European Commission published a new Directive under the Euratom Treaty (Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom, hereafter reported as the Directive) laying down requirements for the concentrations of radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. As part of an on-going review of the...
1st July 2013

Fats, Oils and Greases

There are approximately 200,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year. It is estimated around 75% are caused by FOG (Mills, 2010). Problems caused by FOG in the sewer system not only affect the performance of the sewer system and waste water treatment works (WWTW) but may also reduce asset...
1st April 2013

The uses for ozone in the treatment of water and wastewater

In most water treatment plants ozone is used for multiple applications. Ozone is now used as a disinfectant, an oxidant of organic and inorganic molecules, a coagulant aid, removing taste and odour, a means of controlling algae and as a way of biologically stabilising water. Ozone is very effective...
1st March 2013

Aerial Spraying Guidance for the Protection of Watercourses

A 6 page report which examines the protocol for aerial spraying of Asulam (for bracken control). The existing operational protocol for spraying by helicopter requires a minimum 50 meter no-spray buffer zone from all surface water bodies, wells, boreholes and springs. This report looks at 1) the...
1st February 2013

Value of Scotland's Water Resources

Short accessible briefing summaring current academic thinking and evidence on the value of water resources. It considers the Scottish context and examines how the value of water resources might be developed. Produced for the stage 3 debate for the Water Resources (Scotland) Bill which took place in...
1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being – Salutogenic Benefits

This research builds on the current evidence base showing a salutogentic (i.e. health improving) benefit of green space (termed “green health”). Based on this evidence we posited that water settings (blue space) should hold similar health benefits, i.e. offer opportunities for increased physical...
1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being – Sustainable Drainage Systems

There is increasing interest in exploring the health and well-being impacts of water in the environment (blue health), including the potential of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) to enhance amenity for residents. Blue health research is relatively new, and the purpose of this project was to...
1st December 2012

Blue Health: Water, Health & Well-being

This research reviews the evidence base for both positive and negative relationships between water in the landscape, health and well-being (termed blue health). Water is important for human health, both physiologically and psychologically; however, much of the research on blue health has focused on...
1st October 2012

Investigation of the relationship between humic substances and total phosphorus and the processes of release from catchment soils to loch waters

This study outlines proposals to clarify the importance of water colour (in terms of dissolved organic matter - DOM - compositional quality, e.g. humic substances (HS) content) for predicting TP concentrations in Scottish Lochs to help meet regulatory criteria under the Water Framework Directive....
1st October 2012

The effects of switching monochloramine for chlorine in disinfection

This work was commissioned under the CREW call down service. The object of the project was to carry out a literature search on the effects of switching from chlorine to monochloramine for water disinfection, specifically with regards to the effects on lead and copper corrosion. Information was...