Environmental Geology

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 849–857 | Cite as

Assessing sewer–groundwater interaction at the city scale based on individual sewer defects and marker species distributions

Original Article

Abstract

By combining a sewer defect database and hydrogeological information, it has been attempted to assess sewer–groundwater interaction at the scale of the city of Rastatt (SW-Germany). Comprehensive hydrochemical samplings, including a series of new marker species, have been conducted in the urban aquifer and used for validation. The iodated X-ray contrast media, amidotrizoic acid and iothalamic acid, can be considered as highly specific for wastewater influence and have been found in several groundwater observation wells.

Keywords

Urban groundwater Sewer system Sewer defects Marker species 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied GeologyUniversity of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany

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