Long-term hazard to drinking water resources from landfills

P. Spillmann, T. Dorrie and M. Struve

Price: £ 118.00

ISBN: 9780727735133

Format: Paperback

Publish Date: 26/02/2009

Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd

Page Size: 234x156mm

Number of Pages: 584

Long-term hazard to drinking water resources from landfills


The co-disposal of domestic waste with industrial waste can represent a serious hazard to prime sources of drinking water throughout the world. Containing the latest research on the risks to groundwater over time, this book provides a scientific case for more sustainable landfill construction - over overwhelming implications for changes in waste management legislation as well as engineering practice.

Examining each of the main stages of landfill decomposition and using extensive real-scale testing, the book trades theory for pragmatism and shows just how vulnerable groundwater is to contamination from old 'dormant' landfills. It then provides a new method for measuring the extent to which the ingress and egress of water can be controlled in landfill and the associated risks of groundwater contamination. The authors also offer practical suggestions for developing more sustainable and affordable waste management projects.

Coverage includes:
• Long-term real-scale tests of landfills
• Reducing risks to groundwater from old landfills
• Aerobic treatment of landfill
• Aeration and excavation
• Protection of drinking water
• Guidance on developing affordable water management projects

Based on over 30 years’ research, Long-term hazard to drinking water resources from landfills wills be core reading for research institutes and advisory committees of national and international decision-makers (WHO; FAO; EU), national and international administrative bodies and consulting engineers in environmental medicine, water management, hydrogeology and water management.


Preface, Foreword, Acknowledgements
Scientific institutions and their research groups to investigate waste bodies
Dimensions, symbols and abbreviations

1 Object and concept of the research project

2 Central test facility and test procedure

3 Characterisation of long-term effects using physical measurements on water and solids balance

4 Detection of water movements, evaporation processes and water regeneration using environmental isotopes 2H and 18O

5 Characterisation of flow path emissions using waste-water parameters

6 Transportation of industrial contamination in the flow path

7 Microbiological investigations to characterise stabilisation processes in landfills

8 Checking biochemical stability using reactivation measures on selected deposits

9 Testing the material stability of soil-like substances and plastics concerning reactivation

10 Establishing the long-term effects using the relationship of the test results

11 Application of the results to waste management practice and drinking water protection