Turbidity sensors can be used to continuously monitor the evolution of pollutant mass discharge. For two sites within the Paris combined sewer system, continuous turbidity, conductivity and flow data were recorded at one-minute time intervals over a one-year period. This paper is intended to highlight the variability in turbidity dynamics during wet weather. For each storm event, turbidity response aspects were analysed through different classifications. The correlation between classification and common parameters, such as the antecedent dry weather period, total event volume per impervious hectare and both the mean and maximum hydraulic flow for each event, was also studied. Moreover, the dynamics of flow and turbidity signals were compared at the event scale. No simple relation between turbidity responses, hydraulic flow dynamics and the chosen parameters was derived from this effort. Knowledge of turbidity dynamics could therefore potentially improve wet weather management, especially when using pollution-based real-time control (P-RTC) since turbidity contains information not included in hydraulic flow dynamics and not readily predictable from such dynamics.
Potential of turbidity monitoring for real time control of pollutant discharge in sewers during rainfall events
C. Lacour, C. Joannis, M.-C. Gromaire, G. Chebbo; Potential of turbidity monitoring for real time control of pollutant discharge in sewers during rainfall events. Water Sci Technol 1 April 2009; 59 (8): 1471–1478. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.169
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