Groundwater Monitoring and Compliance

Where a new cemetery development is deemed to be a high risk site, the demands on the operator of the site increase significantly.  Primarily due to the likely objections to the development from the statutory bodies. This also applies to the operation of an existing cemetery where the same statutory demands apply.

A high risk site is usually classified as such where burial numbers are high, groundwater levels are shallow or where groundwater levels fluctuate seasonally.

CDS can help to resolve these situations in accordance with statutory requirements, with drilling and installation of groundwater monitoring wells. Our team of experts can assess the access around the site and the type of underlying geology to ensure that the correct drilling equipment is used to reach the target depths required and install groundwater monitoring wells, leaving minimal disturbance or damage to the site.

Once the wells have been installed, CDS offer a training service along with provision of the monitoring equipment, enabling the groundwater monitoring works to be undertaken by the client, providing a significant cost saving to the project. If detailed analysis is required, CDS can provide groundwater dataloggers which remotely take hourly readings of groundwater levels, providing a more accurate dataset of groundwater variations.

Where required, CDS can also undertake groundwater sampling from the wells to assess the quality of the underlying groundwater and the presence of any contaminants such as Nitrate, Formaldehyde and microbial material which could indicate that the cemetery is polluting groundwater.

CDS offer a complete service with regards to groundwater risk and mitigation and work closely with the statutory bodies and our clients to provide mitigation measures where required, protecting the environment whilst ensuring that the continued operation of the cemetery.