Pitsford Water Water Body

Moderate ecological status

Attributes

  • Water Body IDGB30538199
  • Water Body TypeLake
  • Hydromorphological designationartificial
  • NGRSP7853870221
  • Surveillance Water BodyNo
  • Altitude88 m
  • Catchment area5037.5 ha
  • Surface area303.254 ha
  • Mean depth5.79 m
  • Surface area3.033 km2

Classifications

Classification Item2019
EcologicalModerate
Biological quality elementsModerate
PhytoplanktonModerate
Physico-chemical quality elementsModerate
Ammonia (Phys-Chem)High
SalinityHigh
Total NitrogenPoor
Total PhosphorusModerate
Supporting elements (Surface Water)Good
Expert JudgementGood
Mitigation Measures AssessmentGood
ChemicalFail
Priority hazardous substancesFail
Benzo(a)pyreneGood
Dioxins and dioxin-like compoundsGood
Heptachlor and cis-Heptachlor epoxideGood
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)Good
HexachlorobenzeneGood
HexachlorobutadieneGood
Mercury and Its CompoundsFail
Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS)Fail
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)Fail
Priority substancesGood
FluorantheneGood
Other PollutantsDoes not require assessment

Why do all water bodies have a chemical status of fail?

Investigations into classification status

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Reasons for not achieving good (RNAG) and reasons for deterioration (RFD)

All reasons (RFDs and RNAGs) attributed to the classification elements in this water body.

Reason TypeSWMIActivityCategoryClassification ElementMore information
RNAGDiffuse sourcePoor Livestock ManagementAgriculture and rural land managementPhytoplanktonDetails
RNAGDiffuse sourcePoor nutrient managementAgriculture and rural land managementPhytoplanktonDetails
RNAGUnknown (pending investigation)Unknown (pending investigation)Sector under investigationPerfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS)Details
RNAGmeasures delivered to address reason, awaiting recoveryNot applicableNo sector responsiblePolybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)Details
RNAGmeasures delivered to address reason, awaiting recoveryNot applicableNo sector responsibleMercury and Its CompoundsDetails

Reasons for not achieving good status by business sector

The issues preventing waters reaching good status and the sectors identified as contributing to them. The numbers in the table are individual counts of the reasons for not achieving good status with a confidence status of 'confirmed' and 'probable', where the latest classification is less than good status. There may be more than one reason in a single water body. Note, table does not include reasons for deterioration.

Significant water management issuePhysical modificationsPollution from waste waterPollution from towns, cities and transportChanges to the natural flow and level of waterInvasive non-native speciesPollution from rural areasPollution from abandoned mines
Agriculture and rural land management0000000
Industry0000000
Mining and quarrying0000000
Navigation0000000
Urban and transport0000000
Water Industry0000000
Local & central government0000000
Domestic general public0000000
Recreation0000000
Waste treatment and disposal0000000
Other0000000
No sector responsible0000000
Sector under investigation0000000
Total0000000

Objectives

Classification ItemStatusYearReasons
EcologicalGood2027 - Low confidenceDisproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens;
Technically infeasible: Cause of adverse impact unknown
Biological quality elementsGood2015
PhytoplanktonGood2015
Physico-chemical quality elementsGood2027 - Low confidenceDisproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens;
Technically infeasible: Cause of adverse impact unknown
Ammonia (Phys-Chem)Good2015
SalinityGood2015
Total NitrogenGood2027 - Low confidenceDisproportionately expensive: Disproportionate burdens;
Technically infeasible: Cause of adverse impact unknown
Total PhosphorusGood2015
Hydromorphological Supporting ElementsNot assessed2015
Supporting elements (Surface Water)Good2015
Expert JudgementGood2015
Mitigation Measures AssessmentGood2015
Specific pollutantsNot assessed2015
ChemicalGood2063Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time;
Technically infeasible: No known technical solution is available
Priority hazardous substancesGood2063Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time;
Technically infeasible: No known technical solution is available
Benzo(a)pyreneGood2015
Dioxins and dioxin-like compoundsGood2015
Heptachlor and cis-Heptachlor epoxideGood2015
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)Good2015
HexachlorobenzeneGood2015
HexachlorobutadieneGood2015
Mercury and Its CompoundsGood2040Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time
Perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS)Good2039Technically infeasible: No known technical solution is available
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)Good2063Natural conditions: Chemical status recovery time
Priority substancesGood2015
FluorantheneGood2015
Other PollutantsDoes not require assessment2015

Protected areas

PA NameIdDirectiveMore information
Thrapstone lake Eutrophic lake NVZEL148Nitrates Directive
River Nene NVZS382Nitrates Directive
River Nene (SWSGZ1006)SWSGZ1006Safeguard Zone
Pitsford WaterUKGB30538199Drinking Water Protected Area
River Nene (SWSGZ1008)SWSGZ1008Safeguard Zone
Pitsford ReservoirUKENLK28Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

Monitoring sites which have been used to classify this water body

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