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Title: The relevance of catchment management to Drinking Water Safety Plans within the UK, with particular emphasis on Wales
Author: Keirle, Robert Scott
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2009
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My research related to an in-depth investigation of catchment management in the context of Drinking Water Safety Plans, the principal aims of which were to: 1) Establish to what extent catchment management had been implemented in England and Wales, in both historic and current contexts; 2) Identify the roles, remits and activities of the key stakeholders in catchment management in England and Wales; 3) The extent to which climate change could affect future catchment management; and 4) Determine the ability of catchment management to facilitate Drinking Water Safety Planning in Wales, and to identify any scope for possible improvement. The requisite literature review was necessarily exhaustive and resource-intensive, and encompassed the following subject headings: • Water resources; • Water quality; • Climate change; • Catchment management; • Public water supplies; • Private water supplies; • Stakeholder engagement; • Regulatory (at the European, national and devolved levels) and management models; and • Governance issues. As the catchment is at the top of the drinking water supply chain, if we address water quality and quantity problems there, the result is a cleaner, cheaper, more secure product for the consumer. Consequently, I decided to develop an Abstraction Safety Index - along with an associated catchment environmental assessment methodology - for determining the overall environmental quality of water within a catchment, and for expressing this quantitatively. This mathematical index has been subject to peerreview by water companies and other environmental stakeholders. The index was calibrated using a range of different types of catchments - used for both private water supply and public water supply purposes - and it was subsequently used to consider a number of alternative conceptual scenarios, to determine how changes to regulatory, legal and institutional models could feasibly affect the environmental quality of catchments in Wales, in order to improve the quality of abstracted water.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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