Measuring water pollution in the River Kent from a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), with specific focus on faecal coliforms

Harte, Jonathon Noel Shaun (2022) Measuring water pollution in the River Kent from a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), with specific focus on faecal coliforms. Undergraduate dissertation, University of Cumbria.

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Abstract

This study was carried out to identify the inputs of faecal coliforms like Escherichia coli (E. coli) and other inputs which could influence water quality, using the River Kent as a case-study. With the increasing importance of conservation and the protection of the environment becoming a greater local, national and global priority, studying impacts on the environment is now more important than ever. As inputs from WWTPs can have a variety of impacts, an understanding of exactly what is entering our rivers from these sources is vital. With the support of a local environmental group called Sustainability and Energy Network in Staveley (SENS), I collected samples at three sites along the River Kent, two before the WWTP and one after it, with the aim of identifying what was being pumped in to the river. The results showed a significant increase in levels of E. coli after the WWTP with an increase of 1,114 CFU/100ml when compared to the site before. Other measures did not show any conclusive results of inputs from the WWTP. Further study is needed to form more conclusive results.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Undergraduate)
Departments: Departments > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > STEM
Additional Information: A dissertation thesis by Jonathon Noel Shaun Harte, BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Conservation, Institute of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies, University of Cumbria, UK, submitted: 27/04/2022, word Count: 8792.
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 10:38
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 10:45
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6495

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