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Mass-balance model for predicting nitrate in ground water

Journal of the New England Water Works Association

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Abstract

A mass-balance accounting model can be used to guide the management of septic systems and fertilizers to control the degradation of ground-water quality in zones of an aquifer that contribute water to public-supply wells. The nitrate concentration of the mixture in the well can be predicted for steady-state conditions by calculating the concentration that results from the total weight of nitrogen and total volume of water entering the zone of contribution to the well. These calculations will allow water-quality managers to predict the nitrate concentrations that would be produced by different types and levels of development, and to plan development accordingly. Computations for different development schemes provide a technical basis for planners and managers to compare water-quality effects and to select alternatives that limit nitrate concentration in wells.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mass-balance model for predicting nitrate in ground water
Series title:
Journal of the New England Water Works Association
Volume
104
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1990
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of the New England Water Works Association
First page:
219
Last page:
232
Number of Pages:
14