WIT Press


The Status Of Surface Chemical Water Resource Quality In South Africa

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030551

Volume

67

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

459.62 kb

Author(s)

B.C. Hohls, M.J. Silberbauer, A.L. Kühn & P.L. Kempster

Abstract

The status of surface chemical water resource quality in South Africa B. C. Hohls, M. J. Silberbauer, A. L. Kiihn & P. L. Kempster Institute for Water Quality Studies, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South A@ica Abstract The monitoring and assessment of the quality of water resources is critically important for the determination of their fitness-for-use for various water-user sectors. An extensive national chemical water-quality-monitoring programme (NCMP), operated by the South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, has been in existence since the 1970s. Samples for this programme are collected at frequent intervals at monitoring stations across the country and are analysed at the Department's laboratories for nutrients and a range of inorganic and physical variables. The data generated by the national chemical water-quality-monitoring programme was used to provide information on the status of the chemical water quality of the nation's surface waters to water-resource man

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