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Sensors 2014, 14(4), 7142-7155; doi:10.3390/s140407142

An Affordable Open-Source Turbidimeter

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Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St, Ames 313, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
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Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 108 Upson Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 220 Hollister Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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Received: 22 February 2014 / Revised: 4 April 2014 / Accepted: 8 April 2014 / Published: 22 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

Turbidity is an internationally recognized criterion for assessing drinking water quality, because the colloidal particles in turbid water may harbor pathogens, chemically reduce oxidizing disinfectants, and hinder attempts to disinfect water with ultraviolet radiation. A turbidimeter is an electronic/optical instrument that assesses turbidity by measuring the scattering of light passing through a water sample containing such colloidal particles. Commercial turbidimeters cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, putting them beyond the reach of low-resource communities around the world. An affordable open-source turbidimeter based on a single light-to-frequency sensor was designed and constructed, and evaluated against a portable commercial turbidimeter. The final product, which builds on extensive published research, is intended to catalyze further developments in affordable water and sanitation monitoring. View Full-Text
Keywords: turbidity; affordable water treatment monitoring; open-source hardware; Arduino turbidity; affordable water treatment monitoring; open-source hardware; Arduino
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Kelley, C.D.; Krolick, A.; Brunner, L.; Burklund, A.; Kahn, D.; Ball, W.P.; Weber-Shirk, M. An Affordable Open-Source Turbidimeter. Sensors 2014, 14, 7142-7155.

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