Does Pumping Volume Affect the Concentration of Micropollutants in Groundwater Samples?

Inge H. van Driezum, Julia Derx, Ernis Saracevic, Alexander K.T. Kirschner, Regina Sommer, Andreas H. Farnleitner*, Alfred Paul Blaschke

*Corresponding author for this work

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Information on concentrations of micropollutants (such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and industrial chemicals) in most highly dynamic riverbank filtration (RBF) systems is lacking, in contrast to data on standard chemical parameters. Sampling protocols have thus far been based on the stabilization of standard chemical parameters in relatively pristine environments. To determine whether groundwater samples for micropollutant analysis can be taken at a similar pumping volume as samples for testing standard chemical parameters in both environments, three groundwater monitoring wells in an RBF system were sampled at two points in time (after pumping of 3 well volumes and after pumping of 15 well volumes). Micropollutant concentrations were not significantly different between the two sampling points; therefore, appropriate samples can be drawn after pumping 3 well volumes. For a specific microbiological parameter (leucin incorporation), a statistically significant difference was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
JournalGroundwater Monitoring and Remediation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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