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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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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.

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Existing work

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Testing of DF Robot Turbidity Sensor @wmacfarl 8 days ago 0
PureLab:Experiment and Installing Water Filters Record In Banmentun @shanlter 6 months ago 3
7 Ways to Measure, Monitor, and Evaluate Water Quality @anngneal 7 months ago 2
What are some different ways to use turbidity sensors? @lekhidugtal 7 months ago 0
MicrobeMeter - an innovative photometer for continuous measurement of microbial growth @humanetechnologies 10 months ago 4
LaMotte and Earth Force low cost Water Monitoring kit @stevie over 1 year ago 2
Turbidity Sensor Assembly @MadTinker over 1 year ago 8
Can the spectrometer or turbocharger be used for lal testing? @Ag8n over 1 year ago 3
How do I choose a method for monitoring turbidity? @stevie over 1 year ago 2
Has anyone built a secchi disk before? @stevie over 1 year ago 4
What should we look for when sourcing turbidity tubes? @stevie over 1 year ago 7
Photometer Kit idea @programmer1200 over 1 year ago 13
What are different methods of measuring water turbidity? @warren almost 2 years ago 3
How is water turbidity regulated? @warren almost 2 years ago 3
How can we detect contaminants in water samples with a DIY spectrometer using reagents? @warren almost 2 years ago 1
Can a DIY spectrometer be used to measure water turbidity? @warren almost 2 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 2 years ago 0
Draft: Find the concentration of a liquid with a DIY spectrometer @warren almost 2 years ago 3
What's an easy way to compare two liquid samples with a spectrometer? @warren about 2 years ago 8
Water Filter Effectiveness @Mempet about 2 years ago 4
Rough prototype of video analysis tool for monitoring a pixel's brightness/color over time @warren about 2 years ago 2
Monitor transparency, dissolved oxygen, ORP, and ammonia from a river @shanlter over 2 years ago 4
Is there a water quality equivalent of Smoke School, the EPA air pollution observer certification? @warren about 3 years ago 1
Design Specifications for Field Camera @tonyc over 3 years ago 1
Turbidity Sensor @bhickman over 3 years ago 15
Removing ambient interference from turbidity measurements through signal modulation @donblair over 3 years ago 6
Turbidity sensor prototype @donblair almost 4 years ago 7
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke about 4 years ago 2
Turbidity 001 @donblair about 4 years ago 4
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