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Title: Investigation into the cause of high phenols in Budleigh Brook (1998)
Author: J. Bartlett
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: EA additional title info: Devon Area internal report February 1998
A request was received from Devon Area Environment Protection to investigate the cause of high phenols in Budleigh Brook for 1996. Water is abstracted for potable supply from the Budleigh Brook near East Budleigh at SY 0732 8418. The abstraction point has an A2 category assigned to it, for which the EC Surface Water Abstraction Directive (SWAD) mandatory standard value for phenols is <5000 ng/1. Although below the specified limit, the exceptionally high levels detected warranted investigation by the Devon Area Team. The two phenols present in high concentrations were 3-Methyl Phenol and 2 4 6-Trichlorophenol. The Budleigh Brook is a tributary of the River Otter, it rises on Woodbury Common at NGR 0375 8620 and flows in an easterly direction for approximately six kilometres through mainly agricultural land. The abstraction point near East Budleigh is the only monitoring point on the Budleigh Brook and water quality has been routinely monitored here since 1990. Phenol (C6H5OH) and its derivatives are aromatic organic compounds derived from a benzene ring structure. They are toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption. The sources/ uses for the two phenols being investigated are: 3-Methyl Phenol and 2 4 6-Trichlorophenol.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Exeter
Subject Keywords: PhenolsWater abstractionWater qualityWater quality surveysWater samplingRainfallPollution monitoring
Geographic Keywords: Budleigh Brook (Devon)East Devon catchment
Extent: n.p. [12]
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