Groundwater Contamination by Organic Compounds: A Case Study of Łubna Landfill Site in Warsaw, Poland

  • Eugeniusz Koda
  • Anna Sieczka
  • Anna Miszkowska
  • Piotr OsińskiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 31)


Municipal landfills contain a high content of organic wastes, with great impact on the biogeochemical processes in the landfill body and leachate generation. Because of its high environmental significance, in recent decades, the influence of landfills on groundwater and surface water quality has attracted a lot of attention. The paper is focused on determining the influence of an old municipal landfill on groundwater pollution by organic compounds. The changes of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total organic carbon (TOC) were taken into consideration. Based on the groundwater monitoring results, the authors provided several maps presenting the spatial distribution of BOD, COD and TOC in groundwater. Additionally, the statistical summary of monitoring data was presented. On the basis of the results obtained, we also assessed the efficiency of the vertical barrier, which was applied during the reclamation works, on groundwater quality. Systematically collected monitoring data show that construction of the vertical barrier significantly improved groundwater quality, what is reflected in slow, but  progressive process of reduction of the pollution indicators levels, such as BOD, COD and TOC.


Groundwater contamination Organic compounds Lubna landfill BOD COD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugeniusz Koda
    • 1
  • Anna Sieczka
    • 1
  • Anna Miszkowska
    • 1
  • Piotr Osiński
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Geotechnical EngineeringUniversity of Life Sciences SGGWWarsawPoland

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