Water Quality

Climate Change, the Aquatic Environment and the Water Framework Directive

Reference: 07/CL/06/5
ISBN: 1 84057 434 8
Published Date: 12/02/2007

This project examined the likely effects of climate change on UK water industry compliance with the Water Framework Directive (WFD), set in the context of other expected changes, such as demographic shifts or changes in land-use.

A range of other drivers were identified - changes in energy prices, new regulatory targets for energy efficiency, water conservation and flooding, demographic and land use changes, and new environmental legislation that are likely to directly or indirectly affect the water industry.

The report proposes a Conceptual Assessment Framework to identify linkages between different drivers and industry operations and specific aspects of performance. The framework of drivers and effects was then used to assess the effects of the WFD, climate change and other drivers, which, with further development, could be used by water companies to identify appropriate responses.

Price: £19  

Effects of Climate Change on River Water Quality

Reference: 05/CL/06/4
ISBN: 1 84057 402 X
Published Date: 20/03/2006

The potential impact of predicted climate change on water quality in UK rivers, and its implications to the UK water industry, was investigated using a newly developed, fully distributed catchment-scale hydrological and water quality model, CAS-Hydro.  The model has been developed at the landscape scale, allowing an improved representation of how material is processed and transported across the landscape and into the river channel network.

Modelling of the River Derwent (Yorkshire) and a simulated catchment in southern England demonstrated a risk of climate-induced hydrological and water quality impacts on UK rivers, for the UKCIP 1998 medium-high emissions scenario in the 2080s.

Price: £20  

Effects of Climate Change on River Water Quality Phase 3 - Scoping Study

Reference: 03/CL/06/3
ISBN: 1-84057-290-6
Published Date: 08/05/2003

This is a scoping study for the third phase of investigations into the effects of climate change on river water quality. It firstly investigates what water quality parameters are of concern to the water industry, how they may be affected by climate change, and if this subsequent impact would then be significant. Consideration is then given to modelling approaches, including data issues, that would be needed to develop catchment based water quality models to represent the above, along with identification of catchments on which a completed modelling framework can be used.

Price: £15