Report No DWI0441

EFFECTS OF ORGANIC CHEMICALS IN CONTAMINATED LAND ON BURIED SERVICES

Final Report to the Department of the Environment

DWI0441

May 1992

SUMMARY

Organic chemicals in contaminated land can permeate plastic drinking water pipes and adversely affect water quality. In a report on previous WRc work under contract to DOE (ECI 9268) target organic chemicals to be monitored were recommended and analytical methods suggested for the investigation of contaminated sites (Report DoE 2222-M/1, January 1990). The objectives of the work covered by this report were, essentially, to confirm the identity of target chemicals and recommend sampling and analytical techniques for the investigation of contaminated land.

Following a literature survey and exploratory laboratory and site experimental work (which is summarised in Appendix A), an approach to the investigation of contaminated sites in relation to effects on buried services is proposed. The main conclusions are as follows:

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the work covered by this report were:

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