In response to the risk of pollution of surface water from farm runoff, dairy farmers have been encouraged to install effluent storage ponds. Previous research has indicated that leachate from these storages can contribute to groundwater contamination. This project assessed the performance of storages at eight sites on the Swan Coastal Plain (SCP), WA. Groundwater conditions were monitored for over three years to study the influence of soil type, water table depth and waste water characteristics.
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Leakage, Western Australia, Ponds, Effluents, Groundwater pollution, Dairy wastes
George, R J, Bennett, D L, Bell, J R, and Wrigley, R. (1999), Observations of shallow groundwater contamination due to leakage of dairy effluent ponds on the Swan Coastal Plain, WA. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report 192.
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