Berliner Wasserbetriebe; Veolia Eau; KompetenzZentrumWasser Berlin; Technical University of Berlin, Section Environmental Microbiology; pigadi GmbH
02/2009 – 02/2012
The capacity of drinking water wells, i.e. the yield for a given drawdown, is often decreasing after a certain time of operation. This effect is called well ageing and is due to different processes related to the geology and hydrochemistry at any given well site and to the construction and operation of these wells.
The Hydrogeology workgroup and partners investigate wells in Berlin and France in terms of their ageing behaviour with the aim to determine suitable measures helping to slow down well ageing processes and optimise strategies for well operation and maintenance. Four work packages have been defined:
The investigations are supplemented by the project WellMaDNA (11/2007 - 10/2010), using advanced methods of molecular biology to characterise clogging-inducing iron bacteria.
Dr. Thomas Taute, Dipl.-Geol. Christian Menz, Dipl.-Geol. Ulrike Maiwald