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Assess Turbidity in Water

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As explained in @donblair's primer, measuring turbidity means "measuring the amount of suspended solids in water -- solids that haven't fully dissolved". That is, "turbidity, an optical technique for assessing suspended solids in liquid -- is an important water quality parameter. Typically, light is shone into a liquid sample, and the amount of light scattered back out of the sample (off of particles suspended in it) is measured; the intensity of this scattered light is considered to be related to the amount of suspended solids in the sample." (reference)

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Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How can I calibrate a turbidity sensor? @wmacfarl over 1 year ago 4
DFRobot Turbidity Sensor Troubleshooting @mimiss almost 2 years ago 7
Can you relate Secchi disk measurements to turbidity sensor measurements? @wmacfarl almost 2 years ago 8
How do I choose a method for monitoring turbidity? @stevie over 3 years ago 2
Has anyone built a secchi disk before? @stevie over 3 years ago 4
What should we look for when sourcing turbidity tubes? @stevie over 3 years ago 7
What are different methods of measuring water turbidity? @warren over 3 years ago 4
How is water turbidity regulated? @warren over 3 years ago 3
How can we detect contaminants in water samples with a DIY spectrometer using reagents? @warren over 3 years ago 1
Can a DIY spectrometer be used to measure water turbidity? @warren over 3 years ago 8
Water Filter Effectiveness @Mempet about 4 years ago 4
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Sensors

Here's a list of different turbidity sensors and measurement systems. See below for some Do-It-Yourself approaches to measuring turbidity, and this page for more information on how turbidity sensors works.

(see Water sensors for more, and click here to add to this table)


Activities

Activities for people to test methods (these develop over time)

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Existing work

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Post your photos of possible wastewater pollution! / ¡Postea tus fotos de aguas posiblemente residuales! 📷 @bhamster 30 days ago 2
Water testing protocols for Sulfide Mining? @Greenhorns 4 months ago 1
How can I calibrate a turbidity sensor? @wmacfarl over 1 year ago 4
How to Connect a pH Sensor to the Simple Water Sensor Platform @wmacfarl over 1 year ago 0
Building the Simple Turbidity Sensor Prototype @wmacfarl almost 2 years ago 12
DFRobot Turbidity Sensor Troubleshooting @mimiss almost 2 years ago 7
Oil and Gas Hardware Fellow Status Update: Week 6! @wmacfarl almost 2 years ago 1
Can you relate Secchi disk measurements to turbidity sensor measurements? @wmacfarl almost 2 years ago 8
Oil and Gas Hardware Fellow Status Update: Week 6! @wmacfarl almost 2 years ago 1
Testing of DF Robot Turbidity Sensor @wmacfarl almost 2 years ago 1
PureLab:Experiment and Installing Water Filters Record In Banmentun @shanlter over 2 years ago 3
7 Ways to Measure, Monitor, and Evaluate Water Quality @anngneal over 2 years ago 7
What are some different ways to use turbidity sensors? @lekhidugtal over 2 years ago 0
MicrobeMeter - an innovative photometer for continuous measurement of microbial growth @humanetechnologies over 2 years ago 4
LaMotte and Earth Force low cost Water Monitoring kit @stevie over 3 years ago 2
Turbidity Sensor Assembly @MadTinker over 3 years ago 9
Can the spectrometer or turbocharger be used for lal testing? @Ag8n over 3 years ago 3
How do I choose a method for monitoring turbidity? @stevie over 3 years ago 2
Has anyone built a secchi disk before? @stevie over 3 years ago 4
What should we look for when sourcing turbidity tubes? @stevie over 3 years ago 7
Photometer Kit idea @programmer1200 over 3 years ago 13
What are different methods of measuring water turbidity? @warren over 3 years ago 4
How is water turbidity regulated? @warren over 3 years ago 3
How can we detect contaminants in water samples with a DIY spectrometer using reagents? @warren over 3 years ago 1
Can a DIY spectrometer be used to measure water turbidity? @warren over 3 years ago 8
In addition to testing for pH, what other water quality testing have you utilized, such as turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen (DO), etc.? Can you share your experience with these? @gilbert almost 4 years ago 0
Draft: Find the concentration of a liquid with a DIY spectrometer @warren almost 4 years ago 3
What's an easy way to compare two liquid samples with a spectrometer? @warren almost 4 years ago 8
TURBIDITY MEASUREMENT METHODS & REGULATIONS @gilbert almost 4 years ago 0
Water Filter Effectiveness @Mempet about 4 years ago 4
Rough prototype of video analysis tool for monitoring a pixel's brightness/color over time @warren about 4 years ago 2
Monitor transparency, dissolved oxygen, ORP, and ammonia from a river @shanlter about 4 years ago 4
Is there a water quality equivalent of Smoke School, the EPA air pollution observer certification? @warren about 5 years ago 1
Design Specifications for Field Camera @tonyc about 5 years ago 1
Turbidity Sensor @bhickman over 5 years ago 15
Removing ambient interference from turbidity measurements through signal modulation @donblair over 5 years ago 6
Turbidity sensor prototype @donblair almost 6 years ago 7
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke almost 6 years ago 2
Turbidity 001 @donblair about 6 years ago 4
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