Water Quality

By Kaylee Griswold

pH

pH is the measure of the acidity/basicity of a solution.

If there is too much acid in the solution the pH will decrease.

If there is too much base in a solution the pH will increase.

Dissolved Oxygen

Dissolved oxygen is the amount of oxygen dissolved in a body of water. It also shows the health of the water & its ability to support a balanced ecosystem.

If there is too much dissolved oxygen in a body of water it is unable to support a fully functioning ecosystem & the aquatic life in it will die.

There isn't such a thing as having too much oxygen in the water.

Turbidity

Turbidity is the measure of clarity of a body of water. Turbidity is a key test to water quality.

If there is too much algae, plankton, clay silt, mud, etc. the water is not clear.

If there isn't much algae, plankton, clay, silt, mud, etc. the water is very clear.

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Temperature

Temperature is a measure of how hot/cold something is.

If water is too hot it will not be able to support the aquatic life living in the body of water because it will not be able to hold enough oxygen.

If water is too cold the aquatic life thrives better in colder waters due to the ability of holding enough oxygen.

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Nitrates

Nitrates are afoot source for algae so if there is normal amounts of nitrates in water does not affect anyone. However, if there is a huge presence of nitrates that is unbalanced it can cause unbearable conditions for the other aquatic life.
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Bio-indicators

Bio-indicators are used to monitor the health/quality of water. & there is no such thing as having too many bio indicators. However, if you do not have enough then how are you supposed to figure out the quality of that particular body of water.
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