Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.


Truro, MA is developing an integrated water resource management plan to assess and protect the town’s water resources. Previous studies assessing drinking water quality found nitrate above the EPA limit of 10 mg/L in two samples. The goal of this project was to analyze waters in the Route 6 area of Truro for nitrogen and recommend management strategies. Samples were collected from wells and surface waters in June and July. Well water nitrate levels ranged from non-detectable to 5.6 mg/L, so no threat to public health is expected. However, concentrations of nitrate and phosphate in surface waters often exceeded 0.10 mg/L, which could lead to eutrophication. Recommendations for future water management include upgrading septic systems or implementing stormwater best management practices.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2016


Environmental Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering