• Project No 1020
  • Project Name Use of on-line surrogate parameters for rapid hazard detection and improved system performance
  • Lead Organisation SA Water
  • Research Lead AWQC
  • Main Researcher Chris Chow
  • Completion Year 2012

Project Description

The aim of this project was to examine the utility of ultra-violet (UV) spectroscopy as a real-time water quality monitoring system. Two case studies were conducted. One assessed stormwater and showed that the UV system could detect that the first flush contained chemicals used as surrogates for water quality whereas later flows contained bacterial and biological markers. From this it was concluded that the sources of bacteria and chemicals were probably physically separated until they were mixed during surface runoff. In the second case study, the UV measurement equipment was set up in a groundwater filtration plant. It proved possible to accurately characterise water quality changes and assist operational decision-making.