Thursday, December 02, 2010

Water quality in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR)

I just found my article has been published in Wetlands. It has taken a long time to reach print so I must admit the data is slightly outdated (2008).

Overall, the water quality in SBWR was either relatively unpolluted or weakly polluted. Some concerns are raised regarding the levels of
dissolved oxygen (DO), phosphorus, nitrogen (ammonia and nitrate) and Escherichia coli. Regarding that last bit about E. coli, please do not comtemplate swimming in those waters as the E. coli count was sometimes found to be above the EPA limits for primary contact activities e.g. swimming. In case you are wondering where E. coli comes from, it is found in the human gut and normally enters water via human fecal matter. I guess you can imagine the rest. (See previous post on a similar indicator microbe, Enterococcus.)

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