The sugar factory at Aarberg, Switzerland, has processed about 18×106 metric tons of sugar beets in the last 100 years. This has been accompanied by releases of dissolved organic carbon to the groundwater, induced both by direct wastewater disposal until 1964 and by ongoing leakage from solid-waste deposits. Downgradient in the groundwater of the glaciofluvial aquifer, depletion of oxygen concentrations accompanied by low nitrate, high ammonium, dissolved Mn(II) and Fe(II) concentrations are observed. This study was aimed at developing a quantitative comprehension of theimpact of the leaking waste deposits on biogeochemical processes in the aquifer and on groundwater quality. The study includes a review of historical information, a survey of the hydrogeochemistry in the aquifer, the characterisation of river-water infiltration rates with the radon method, establishment of a mass-balance model based on a numerical flow and transport model, and application of a stable-carbon-isotope method to show biodegradation of sugar-waste deposits in the aquifer. The investigations demonstrate that present emissions from waste deposits would not lead to the consumption of all the O2 in the aquifer. The present occurrence of anoxic groundwater conditions is explained as a result of the long history of waste loading.