Study provides new insights on water quality management
Grahamstown Dam near Newcastle, picture supplied by the research team.
A two-year study into the factors affecting the growth of algae in Grahamstown Dam, Newcastle's main drinking water supply, will help authorities determine the catchment priorities needed to maintain high drinking water quality.
The study provides guidance for reservoir management by investigating the "limiting nutrient" concept as a way of controlling algal growth and could lead to changes in the way drinking water storages are managed worldwide to prevent algal blooms.
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