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Evaluating urban surface water quality in Luton

Author:
Ajmal, Tahmina, Anyachebelu, Tochukwu Kene, Conrad, Marc, Rawson, David M.
Source:
Environmental monitoring and assessment 2019 v.191 no.3 pp. 147
ISSN:
0167-6369
Subject:
monitoring, rivers, surface water, water quality, water utilities
Abstract:
Using a single numerical value to indicate the quality of water, a so-called Water Quality Index (WQI) is a well-established way of rating the overall water quality status of a given water body. During the last few years, researchers in the water sector have developed different such indices to address their specific needs. In this study, we attempt to obtain a WQI formula suited for evaluating the water quality of the River Lea. We have selected four different sites on the River Lea and explore the possibility of monitoring using a minimum number of parameters only. The results obtained are very encouraging and provide a strong indication that only three parameters are enough to indicate water quality of a water body.