Environmental Monitoring of Pig Slurry Ponds Using Geochemical and Geoelectrical Techniques

Capa-Camacho, Ximena; Martínez-Pagán, Pedro; Acosta, José A.; Martínez-Segura, Marcos A.; Vasconez Maza, Marco; Faz, Ángel. 2024 Environmental Monitoring of Pig Slurry Ponds Using Geochemical and Geoelectrical Techniques. Water, 16 (7), 1016.

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The efficient management of slurry, which is a by-product rich in nutrients derived from feces, urine, cleaning water, and animal waste that stands out for its high concentration of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, is of vital importance, highlighting the importance of slurry management in storage ponds, which. The Murcia–Spain region has an important number of pig farms. Hence, infrastructures dedicated to managing by-products are necessary to prevent environmental pollution and eutrophication of groundwater. The aim of a recent study was to evaluate the relationship between electrical values and geochemical parameters of pig slurry stored in a pond using ERT and geochemical analysis. In addition, the study was designed to monitor the pond to determine the geochemical characteristics of the slurry and to assess the risk of lateral contamination. The study results indicate a noticeable decrease in electrical resistivity values at 0.4 and 1.6 m depth in surveys 1 and 2. The reduction ranges from 50 to 100 percent. This paper presents a new method for monitoring slurry ponds using electrical resistivity tomography. This non-invasive method provides detailed information on the distribution and characteristics of the fluids, as well as a clear picture of the electrical resistivity of the subsurface.

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Date made live: 15 May 2024 13:06 +0 (UTC)

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