Escalating concentrations of nitrate in groundwater supplies resulting from major changes in post-World War II agricultural production were first widely recognized in the 1970s, prompting discussion on the ‘nitrate time-bomb’ problem. The implications of this problem are now becoming clear, with increasing numbers of water company groundwater abstractions needing expensive and energy-intensive treatment.

Since the 1970s, considerable research effort has been directed towards understanding and predicting nitrate pollution in groundwater. This research has concluded that measures to address the nitrate problem, particularly in England, have largely failed. This has prompted a growing feeling in the UK's hydrogeological community that we...

First Page Preview

First page PDF preview
You do not currently have access to this article.