PhD: Characterising and containing catchment contaminants – Reducing risk at drinking water reservoirs
Project in brief
High-nutrient loads into water bodies such as reservoirs can result in algal blooms (eg blue-green algae) and can impact human health due to the production of harmful toxins. Algal blooms also greatly increase the costs associated with the production of drinking water and can reduce income from recreational water-based activities. Prevention and effective mitigation requires a sound understanding of point and non-point pollution sources. This exciting PhD opportunity consolidates the findings of previous South East Water-funded research and will focus on the development, application and optimisation of tools for identifying human and non-human contamination sources. It is envisaged that this collaborative University of Brighton and South East Water-funded PhD will improve our understanding of the efficacy of different catchment mitigation and management strategies.