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Dynamic Assessment of Comprehensive Water Quality Considering the Release of Sediment Pollution

Institution of water and water environment, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023, China
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Academic Editor: Mustafa M. Aral
Water 2017, 9(4), 275;
Received: 16 March 2017 / Revised: 10 April 2017 / Accepted: 13 April 2017 / Published: 15 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Quality and Health)
Comprehensive assessment of water quality is an important technological measure for water environmental management and protection. Previous assessment methods tend to ignore the influences of sediment pollutant release and dynamic change of the water boundary. In view of this, this paper explores a new method for comprehensive water quality assessment. Laboratory simulation experiments are conducted to analyze the influences of sediment pollutant release on water quality, and the results are taken as increments, coupled with original samples, to constitute a new set of evaluation samples. Dynamic and comprehensive water quality assessment methods are created based on a principal component analysis (PCA)/analytic hierarchy process (AHP)–variable fuzzy pattern recognition (VFPR) model and adopted to evaluate water quality. A geographic information system (GIS) is applied to visually display the results of water quality assessment and the change of the water boundary. This study takes Biliuhe Reservoir as an engineering example. The results show the change process of the water boundary, during which the water level is reduced from 63.10 m to 54.15 m. The reservoir water quality is fine, of which the water quality level (GB3838-2002) is between level 2 and level 3, and closer to level 2 taking no account of sediment pollutant release. The water quality of Biliuhe Reservoir, overall, is worse in summer and better in winter during the monitoring period. Meanwhile, the water quality shows the tendency of being better from upstream to downstream, and the water quality in the surface layer is better than that in the bottom layer. However, water quality is much closer, or even inferior, to level 3 when considering the release of nitrogen and phosphorus in sediments, and up to 42.7% of the original assessment results of the samples undergo changes. It is concluded that the proposed method is comparatively reasonable as it avoids neglecting sediment pollutant release in the water quality assessment, and the presentation of the evaluation results and change of the water boundary is intuitive with the application of GIS. View Full-Text
Keywords: dynamic; water quality assessment; sediment pollution; water boundary dynamic; water quality assessment; sediment pollution; water boundary
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Wang, T.; Xu, S.; Liu, J. Dynamic Assessment of Comprehensive Water Quality Considering the Release of Sediment Pollution. Water 2017, 9, 275.

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