Report No FR0440

FINAL SUMMARY REPORT ON AESTHETIC POLLUTION

FR0440

APRIL 1994

SUMMARY

I BENEFITS

The regulatory authorities and utility companies have knowledge about the extent of, and the public's perception of, aesthetic pollution. This will assist in the development of standards, and in the identification of future management and operational practices.

II OBJECTIVE

To provide information to support the derivation of standards for aesthetic pollution, and to identify the most suitable control strategies to limit sewage derived aesthetic pollution.

III REASONS

Public perception of water quality is related to the amount of aesthetic pollution. Improvements made by the utility companies in terms of effluent quality determinands such as BOD may not be immediately obvious to the public. There is a need to determine the extent of the problem, and the public's perception of aesthetic pollution before the NRA sets standards for aesthetic pollution.

IV RESUME

This is the final report in a series of three reports on aesthetic pollution produced under this project. This report summarises the findings of the previous two, and introduces additional information.

The background to the project on aesthetic pollution is introduced,: and the relevance of the Statutory Water Quality Objectives and the proposed General Quality Assessment scheme outlined. A brief review of sewage derived aesthetic pollution is given, referring to NRA complaints registers and quantitative surveys of riverine litter. The results from surveys of public perception of aesthetic pollution on river banks and beaches which have been carried out under this project are summarised, and finally potential control strategies are discussed and a preferred solution identified.

V CONCLUSIONS

VI RECOMMENDATIONS

Copies of the report are available from FWR, price 15.00, less 20% to FWR Members.