Conference paper

Groundwater contamination by trichloroethene (TCE) in a residential area of Perth: Distribution, mobility, and implications for management

Substantial TCE and ammonia contamination was detected in groundwater beneath a residential area in Perth. Investigation has successfully determined broad aspects of the extent of the TCE plume and its impact. The plume extends approximately 900 m in groundwater downgradient of an industrial area. The contamination is about 300 m wide and 6 - 8 m thick. A peak concentration of 2000 ugL{-1} TCE was measured. The mobility of the plume and the residence time for the contamination in the sand aquifer are estimated based on the groundwater velocities and retardation factors. Biological or chemical transformation of TCE cannot be excluded, although no transformation products have been found in a small portion of the plume. Currently no remediation of the contaminated site is planned. An approach for managing the contamination is presented and important issues for future remediation options for TCE contaminated sites in Perth are discussed.

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