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Estimating and Predicting Metal Concentration Using Online Turbidity Values and Water Quality Models in Two Rivers of the Taihu Basin, Eastern China.

Yao H, Zhuang W, Qian Y, Xia B, Yang Y, Qian X - PLoS ONE (2016)

Bottom Line: Metal concentration was determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).In the prediction, the WASP 7.5.2 (Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program) model was introduced to interpret the transport and fates of total suspended solids; in addition, metal concentration downstream of the two rivers was predicted.All the relative errors between the estimated and measured metal concentration were within 30%, and those between the predicted and measured values were within 40%.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.

ABSTRACT
Turbidity (T) has been widely used to detect the occurrence of pollutants in surface water. Using data collected from January 2013 to June 2014 at eleven sites along two rivers feeding the Taihu Basin, China, the relationship between the concentration of five metals (aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti), nickel (Ni), vanadium (V), lead (Pb)) and turbidity was investigated. Metal concentration was determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The linear regression of metal concentration and turbidity provided a good fit, with R(2) = 0.86-0.93 for 72 data sets collected in the industrial river and R(2) = 0.60-0.85 for 60 data sets collected in the cleaner river. All the regression presented good linear relationship, leading to the conclusion that the occurrence of the five metals are directly related to suspended solids, and these metal concentration could be approximated using these regression equations. Thus, the linear regression equations were applied to estimate the metal concentration using online turbidity data from January 1 to June 30 in 2014. In the prediction, the WASP 7.5.2 (Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program) model was introduced to interpret the transport and fates of total suspended solids; in addition, metal concentration downstream of the two rivers was predicted. All the relative errors between the estimated and measured metal concentration were within 30%, and those between the predicted and measured values were within 40%. The estimation and prediction process of metals' concentration indicated that exploring the relationship between metals and turbidity values might be one effective technique for efficient estimation and prediction of metal concentration to facilitate better long-term monitoring with high temporal and spatial density.

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Mentions: Thus, metal concentrations at any site downstream of the two rivers could be predicted by online turbidity of S1 and S7 and water quality modeling. As an example, Fig 8 describes the predicted metal concentrations from January 1 to June 30 of 2014 at the Qiandeng town of the Wusong River and the Pingwang town of the Taipu River, which are approximately located at S5 and S8 and are the most polluted regions of the two watersheds respectively (Fig 1). In the figure, the units of all the vertical coordinates are in mg/L. The prediction process of Al, Ti, Ni, V and Pb with high temporal and spatial density was practicable and credible in the two rivers (Fig 8).


Estimating and Predicting Metal Concentration Using Online Turbidity Values and Water Quality Models in Two Rivers of the Taihu Basin, Eastern China.

Yao H, Zhuang W, Qian Y, Xia B, Yang Y, Qian X - PLoS ONE (2016)

Predicted concentrations of metals at the Qiandeng town and the Pingwang town.
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pone.0152491.g008: Predicted concentrations of metals at the Qiandeng town and the Pingwang town.
Mentions: Thus, metal concentrations at any site downstream of the two rivers could be predicted by online turbidity of S1 and S7 and water quality modeling. As an example, Fig 8 describes the predicted metal concentrations from January 1 to June 30 of 2014 at the Qiandeng town of the Wusong River and the Pingwang town of the Taipu River, which are approximately located at S5 and S8 and are the most polluted regions of the two watersheds respectively (Fig 1). In the figure, the units of all the vertical coordinates are in mg/L. The prediction process of Al, Ti, Ni, V and Pb with high temporal and spatial density was practicable and credible in the two rivers (Fig 8).

Bottom Line: Metal concentration was determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).In the prediction, the WASP 7.5.2 (Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program) model was introduced to interpret the transport and fates of total suspended solids; in addition, metal concentration downstream of the two rivers was predicted.All the relative errors between the estimated and measured metal concentration were within 30%, and those between the predicted and measured values were within 40%.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.

ABSTRACT
Turbidity (T) has been widely used to detect the occurrence of pollutants in surface water. Using data collected from January 2013 to June 2014 at eleven sites along two rivers feeding the Taihu Basin, China, the relationship between the concentration of five metals (aluminum (Al), titanium (Ti), nickel (Ni), vanadium (V), lead (Pb)) and turbidity was investigated. Metal concentration was determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The linear regression of metal concentration and turbidity provided a good fit, with R(2) = 0.86-0.93 for 72 data sets collected in the industrial river and R(2) = 0.60-0.85 for 60 data sets collected in the cleaner river. All the regression presented good linear relationship, leading to the conclusion that the occurrence of the five metals are directly related to suspended solids, and these metal concentration could be approximated using these regression equations. Thus, the linear regression equations were applied to estimate the metal concentration using online turbidity data from January 1 to June 30 in 2014. In the prediction, the WASP 7.5.2 (Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program) model was introduced to interpret the transport and fates of total suspended solids; in addition, metal concentration downstream of the two rivers was predicted. All the relative errors between the estimated and measured metal concentration were within 30%, and those between the predicted and measured values were within 40%. The estimation and prediction process of metals' concentration indicated that exploring the relationship between metals and turbidity values might be one effective technique for efficient estimation and prediction of metal concentration to facilitate better long-term monitoring with high temporal and spatial density.

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