Hydrogeology / Water Framework Directive

Water Framework Directive (WFD)

The Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 23 October 2000 sets quality objectives for all EU Member States and provides methods to improve the water quality. The purpose of this Directive is sustainable and environmentally friendly water use.
By 2027 at the latest, rivers, lakes, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater should be in a "good condition". In other words the biocenoses, structure, chemical contents (surface waters and groundwater) and their quantities (in the case of groundwater) are only marginally influenced by human beings.

Quellfassung in früheren Zeiten
Spring tapping in the early days
 
 
Hydro2Drilling operation for a new monitoring well
 

Groundwater / Drinking Water

Clean groundwater, from which drinking water is made of, is indispensable to humans as foodstuff. Increasing contamination has a negative impact on the quality and quantity available. The designation and monitoring of drinking water protection zones are currently significant tasks and secure the future of this important resource.
We supervise projects for the development of drinking water resources for the sustainable use from the preliminary hydrogeological investigations to the final handover for operation.

Our services to you include:

  • Site geology with effective groundwater resources
  • Properties and yield of the aquifer
  • Natural and human influences on the water quality
  • Types and miscibility of groundwater
  • Groundwater recovery rate
  • Extent of the catchment area
  • Computation of precipitation runoff models
 

Rainwater Percolation

Within the meaning of WFD is generally meaningful. The percolation of rainwater makes a valuable contribution to the groundwater regeneration. Moreover, it should be kept in mind that with ever increasing wastewater disposal costs, a lot of money can be saved by the percolation of rainwater (insofar as the site is suitable for percolation).

Our services to you include:

  • Implementation of percolation tests
  • Determination of permeability coefficients (kf value) by in-situ and laboratory tests
  • Evaluation of the contamination in the percolation area
  • Computation for the design of percolation plants
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Monitoring well with installed pressure probe for water-level monitoring

 
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Geophysical investigations at a monitoring well

Hydrogeological Expertises and Conservation of Evidence

Our services to you include:

  • Expertises for court cases concerning groundwater and surface water
  • Site selection and evaluation for percolation areas, cemeteries and extraction plants for raw materials
  • Groundwater monitoring: permanent monitoring of the water quality near landfills, areas dealing with substances hazardous to water, remediation sites or construction measures (dewatering)
  • Conservation of evidence of contaminations in surface water bodies
  • Flow Quantifications of Watercourses

Interactions are identified, described, and evaluated and their impact on the project is predicted.

 

 

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