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What affects turbidity?
Turbidity is affected by several factors in water: presence of dissolved and suspended solids, size and shape of particles and composition of the particles. Organic matter from sewage discharges, especially during treatment plant bypasses, can contribute to turbidity.
What causes increased turbidity?
Anything that makes water cloudy will increase turbidity. High turbidity can be caused by silt, mud, algae, plant pieces, melting glaciers, sawdust, wood ashes or chemicals in the water.
What can cause low turbidity?
Low turbidity means that there are fewer particles in the water and it is more clear. Turbidity in a stream may increase from: soil erosion. higher levels of algae.
Does color affect turbidity?
How is color eliminated from turbidity? The more intensive the color is, the more light is absorbed and the turbidity appears to be higher than it is. That is why the real turbidity is measured as scattered light, e.g. at an angle at 90° where just particles scatter the light beam, without any influence of coloration.
What causes turbidity and color in water?
The higher the intensity of scattered light, the higher the turbidity. Material that causes water to be turbid include clay, silt, very tiny inorganic and organic matter, algae, dissolved colored organic compounds, and plankton and other microscopic organisms. Turbidity makes water cloudy or opaque.
How to reduce the turbidity?
visible debris in the water.
Why the turbidity of drinking water is high?
Turbidity may increase due to rain, erosion and plant and animal life in the water. However, the importance of turbidity in water treatment increases when the sand, silt, and organic matter remain in the drinking water in a community. Turbidity and water quality have a considerable impact on local communities.
How does water become turbid?
Turbidity in water is caused mostly by human activities in certain industries, such as mining and agriculture that causes movement of particles and gets mixed up with water. Those can be mud, sand and other waste materials found in the changing environment.
What is the effect of turbidity on quality of water?
Turbidity can affect the color of the water. Higher turbidity increases water temperatures because suspended particles absorb more heat. This, in turn, reduces the concentration of dissolved oxygen (DO) because warm water holds less DO than cold.