Influence of Mining Activities on Quality of Groundwater

  • J. IlavskýEmail author
  • D. Barloková
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 69)


The increased pollution of water resources leads to a deterioration in the quality of surface water and groundwater, and it initiates the application of various methods for water treatment. The Slovak Technical Standards – STN 75 7111 Water – and the enactment of the Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic No. 151/2004 on requirements for drinking water and monitoring of the quality of drinking water quality have resulted in the reduction of heavy metal concentrations or, for the first time, in defining the limit concentrations for some heavy metals (As, Sb), respectively. Based on this fact, some water resources in Slovakia have become unsuitable for further use, and they require appropriate treatment.

The objective of the study was to verify the sorption properties of some new sorption materials for the removal of antimony (Bayoxide E33, GEH, CFH12). Technological tests were carried out at the facility of the Slovak Water Company Liptovský Mikuláš in the locality of Dúbrava. Technological tests have proved that the new sorption materials can be used for reduction of antimony concentration in water to meet the values set under the Decree of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic No. 247/2017 on requirements for drinking water – 5 μg/L.


Groundwater quality Removal of antimony Sorption materials Water treatment 


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  1. 1.Department of Sanitary Engineering, Faculty of Civil EngineeringSlovak University of Technology in BratislavaBratislavaSlovak Republic

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