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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 11, No. 2, 2014, pp. 319-326
Bioline Code: st14033
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2014, pp. 319-326

 en Pollutant association with suspended solids in stormwater in Tijuana, Mexico
Wakida, F. T.; Martinez-Huato, S.; Garcia-Flores, E.; Pi˜on-Colin, T. D. J.; Espinoza-Gomez, H. & Ames-L´pez, A.

Abstract

Stormwater runoff from urban areas is a major source of many pollutants to water bodies. Suspended solids are one of the main pollutants because of their association with other pollutants. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between suspended solids and other pollutants in stormwater runoff in the city of Tijuana. Seven sites were sampled during seven rain events during the 2009–2010 season and the different particle size fractions were separated by sieving and filtration. The results have shown that the samples have high concentration of total suspended solids, the values of which ranged from 725 to 4,411.6 mg/L. The samples were analyzed for chemical oxygen demand, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, and turbidity. The results show that most of the particles in suspended solids are in the particle fraction between 10 and 62 μm. A high association between the concentrations of suspended solids was found for chemical oxygen demand, phosphorus, and turbidity but not for total nitrogen.

Keywords
Chemical oxygen demand; Nitrogen; Nutrients; Phosphate; Pollution; Urban runoff

 
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