The paper deals with a method for quantification of infiltrating groundwater based on the variation of diurnal pollutant load and continuous water quality and quantity monitoring. Although the method gives us the potential to separate particular components of wastewater hygrograph, several aspects of the method should be discussed. Therefore, the paper investigates the cost-effectiveness, the relevance of pollutant load from surface waters (groundwater) and the influence of measurement time step. These aspects were studied in an experimental catchment of Prague sewer system, Czech Republic, within a three-month period. The results indicate high contribution of parasitic waters on night minimal discharge. Taking into account the uncertainty of the results and time-consuming maintenance of the sensor, the principal advantages of the method are evaluated. The study introduces a promising potential of the discussed measuring concept for quantification of groundwater infiltrating into the sewer system. It is shown that the conventional approach is sufficient and cost-effective even in those catchments, where significant contribution of foul sewage in night minima would have been assumed.
Research Article|July 01 2009
Sewer infiltration/inflow: long-term monitoring based on diurnal variation of pollutant mass flux
Water Sci Technol (2009) 60 (1): 1-7.
V. Bareš, D. Stránský, P. Sýkora; Sewer infiltration/inflow: long-term monitoring based on diurnal variation of pollutant mass flux. Water Sci Technol 1 July 2009; 60 (1): 1–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.280
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