A water quality index for use in the operational management of river water quality in Europe

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWatershed 89
Subtitle of host publicationthe future for water quality in Europe; Proceedings of the IAWPRC Conference held in Guildford, UK, 17 - 20 April 1989
EditorsMervyn L. Richardson, David Wheeler
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPergamon Press
Pages159-168
Number of pages10
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1989

The theoretical basis underlying the development of a series of four independent water quality indices is outlined. The main features of their development are the incorporation of legal water quality standards and criteria and the inclusion of information on potential water use and toxic determinands directly within their structural format. The continuous scale provided by a water quality index allows changes in river water quality to be highlighted. The sub-division of this scale into four water quality to be highlighted. The sub-division of this scale into four water quality and water use categories contains sufficient flexibility to enable information at both government and public levels. 

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