Clean Water Survey

wlaa Wed, 11/02/2016 - 13:32

We have recently carried out some clean water surveying on the Almond and tributaries. We were specifically testing Nitrate and Phosphate levels. We were provided kits by the Clean Water for Wildlife project that is currently running in England so our thanks to them for being kind enough to send us five sampling kits. The test was carried out following the instructions provided in the kits and the results are outlined below. Nitrate and Phosphate levels are measured in a range between <0.2 and 10+, Nitrate is measured after 3 minutes and Phosphate after 5 minutes, each test was carried out as accurately as possible.

River Almond:
1-2 N: Nitrate (ppm)
0.02-0.05 P: Phosphate (ppm)
Grid Reference: 55,906916-3,454685

Breich Water:
5-10 N: Nitrate (ppm)
<0.02 P: Phosphate (ppm)
Grid Reference: 55,870175-3,573068

Killendean Burn:
<0.02 N: Nitrate (ppm)
<0.02 P: Phosphate (ppm)
Grid Reference: 55,881649-3,540189

Linhouse Water:
<0.02 N: Nitrate (ppm)
<0.02 P: Phosphate (ppm)
Grid Reference: 55,892920-3,477505

Murieston Water:
<0.02 N: Nitrate (ppm)
<0.02 P: Phosphate (ppm)
Grid Reference: 55,892920-3,477505

These results show the Killendean, Muirieston and Linhouse tributaries to be clean and free from contamination however the Breich and the Almond show very high levels Nitrate, none of the waters show Phosphate contamination. At these levels the Nitrate pollution will be having an adverse effect on aquatic life, to get a clearer picture we will look for a way to carry out more tests on these sites in the future and see if there is a way the association can help tackle this problem. We currently have plans to test one further site, this page will be updated once this has been carried out and the results shared with members.

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