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Design of a Continuous Water Quality Monitoring System in the Guelph and Waterloo Region of Ontario

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Title: Design of a Continuous Water Quality Monitoring System in the Guelph and Waterloo Region of Ontario
Author: Suke, Jennifer N.; Grenkow, Ryan P.E.; Schierholtz, Tyler J.; Vrabac, Marko; Wilcox, David G.
Abstract: In this paper we present a new system for continuously monitoring surface water quality in the Grand River watershed. The main purpose of the system is to detect contaminants in the water in real time and send a signal to the water treatment plant so the downstream water intake can be closed. The design consists of a biological monitoring system using a local mussel species as well as a conventional data sonde measuring physical and chemical parameters of the water. A second onshore component contains the power source and data collection and transmission equipment. Thorough research, design and calculations show that the system is feasible and superior to any existing technology used in the area of study. Lab testing and prototypes are required as the next steps in implementing the design.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/1664
Date: 2007


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