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Creating a Water Quality Scale Methodology Using California as a Case Study

Bitting, J and Cullen, JM Creating a Water Quality Scale Methodology Using California as a Case Study. Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, 7. 05021001-05021001. ISSN 2379-6111 (Unpublished)

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Water availability analysis traditionally has involved understanding how much water enters and leaves a region and how much is used or stored each year. This mass balance of water, or water budget, is useful for tracking quantities of water; however, it offers no insights into the quality of the water. This paper introduces a method for creating a water quality scale that utilizes unique categories for water quality and reserves additional categories for the insertion of local water quality data. The method was tested using California as a case study. A water quality scale applicable to California was created, and data for the city of Paso Robles were inserted to demonstrate the flexibility of the framework to be made location-specific. The resulting scale can be used by water resource engineers to compare different types of water in terms of quality, measure both the quantity and quality of a local water supply simultaneously, and evaluate the most sustainable water supply options available. Furthermore, the scale can be customized for use anywhere in the world.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div E > Sustainable Manufacturing
Div A > Energy
Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2021 20:58
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 23:14
DOI: 10.1061/jswbay.0000937