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Affinity Water Cover Crop Trials

As part of field trials by Affinity Water in two chalk aquifer areas,  FreeStations soil moisture arrays have been installed to determine to what extent different cover crops can aid water retention and infiltration during the winter and therefore impact aquifer recharge and runoff during wetter months. In Herts, the probes are located at 20cm and 40cm (soil depth max 45cm) and in Kent the probes are located at 14cm and 30cm (soil max depth 33cm) midslope in the field plots.  The soil moisture data will help identify any impact of the cover crops on groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration, compared with other forms of land management.

Hatfield

Affinity Water Trials: Oil Seed Rape land management

As part of field trials by Affinity Water in a chalk aquifer area,  FreeStation soil moisture arrays with integral rain gauges have been installed to determine to what extent different land management techniques can aid water retention and reduce leachate during the winter and therefore impact aquifer water quality and runoff during wetter months. The soil moisture probes in three fields of oil seed rape, located at 10cm and 30cm depths, alongside leachate porous cups monitored by Affinity Water which have been buried at the same depths.  The soil moisture and temperature data will help identify any impact of land management on groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration.


Kent