Sensor Applications, Experimentation, and Logistics. First International Conference, SENSAPPEAL 2009, Athens, Greece, September 25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers

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A Nephelometric Turbidity System for Monitoring Residential Drinking Water Quality

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-11870-8_4,
        author={Theofanis Lambrou and Christos Anastasiou and Christos Panayiotou},
        title={A Nephelometric Turbidity System for Monitoring Residential Drinking Water Quality},
        proceedings={Sensor Applications, Experimentation, and Logistics. First International Conference, SENSAPPEAL 2009, Athens, Greece, September 25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={SENSAPPEAL},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={Turbidity measurement turbidity sensor nephelometry water quality monitoring light scattering sensor},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-11870-8_4}
    }
    
  • Theofanis Lambrou
    Christos Anastasiou
    Christos Panayiotou
    Year: 2012
    A Nephelometric Turbidity System for Monitoring Residential Drinking Water Quality
    SENSAPPEAL
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11870-8_4
Theofanis Lambrou1,*, Christos Anastasiou2,*, Christos Panayiotou1,*
  • 1: University of Cyprus
  • 2: Frederick University Cyprus
*Contact email: faniseng@ucy.ac.cy, c.anastasiou@frederick.ac.cy, christosp@ucy.ac.cy

Abstract

In this paper the design and development of a turbidity system for monitoring drinking water quality in households is presented. Its operation is based on the principle that the intensity of the light scattered by the suspended matter is proportional to its concentration. Unlike the commercially available turbidity meters, which are relatively expensive and bulky, the proposed device is small-sized, low power, lightweight, easy to use and inexpensive. Laboratory tests of the device have yielded satisfactory repeatability and precision. This sensor can be used as a part of a low cost sensor network consisting of different types of sensors (pH, temperature, chloride, etc) to provide water quality information to consumers. Fusing on-line multi sensor measurements, the system can provide useful information regarding hazardous agents and waterborne pathogens contaminants of household drinking water raising awareness and encourage better water-handling.