Articles | Volume 20, issue 18
Reviews and syntheses
15 Sep 2023
Reviews and syntheses |  | 15 Sep 2023

Reviews and syntheses: Understanding the impacts of peatland catchment management on dissolved organic matter concentration and treatability

Jennifer Williamson, Chris Evans, Bryan Spears, Amy Pickard, Pippa J. Chapman, Heidrun Feuchtmayr, Fraser Leith, Susan Waldron, and Don Monteith

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Cited articles

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Managing drinking water catchments to minimise water colour could reduce costs for water companies and save their customers money. Brown-coloured water comes from peat soils, primarily around upland reservoirs. Management practices, including blocking drains, removing conifers, restoring peatland plants and reducing burning, have been used to try and reduce water colour. This work brings together published evidence of the effectiveness of these practices to aid water industry decision-making.
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