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Freshwater - Drivers and pressures (Lithuania)

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SOER Common environmental theme from Lithuania
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 08 Apr 2011

The main sources of surface water pollution are inadequately-treated domestic waste water and diffuse pollution from the agricultural sector. In the rivers of the Nemunas River Basin District levels of nitric nitrogen from diffuse sources of pollution exceed the levels from point sources of pollution more than 10 times (Fig. 4). Groundwater quality has been significantly influenced by changes in the intensity of land use between five and 10 years ago.

 

Pollution/pollutant

NO3-N

NH4-N

Total phosphorus (P)

Point source

733

238

196

Diffuse

10 854

160

207

Background

5 265

127

453

 

 

Figure 4:

Fig. 4 Pollution in the rivers of the Nemunas River Basin District 2008, (modelling results) Source: Environment Protection Agency.

 

The volume of surface water abstraction mainly depends on demand in the energy sector where water is used for cooling or driving turbines. The energy sector consumes about 98 % of the total surface water abstracted. Groundwater (around 63 %) is mostly used for economic and household purposes.

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