Abstract—Exposure of Iran among the vast Siberia territories in the north, the Mediterranean Sea in the West, Arabian deserts in the southwest and Indian lands in the East has been affected its weather within the certain period of years. Over the past decades, dust phenomena have caused many problems for the residents of South and South West regions of the country. Since the Karun River as the largest and the most watery rivers of Iran enjoyed of a great strategic importance in the region its hygiene conservation is considered the most significant affair. This study was conducted to evaluate changes in several important water quality parameters including turbidity, EC, TDS, temperature and PH affected by dust phenomenon and determine their violations of domestic and international standards. To determine changes in these parameters 11 sampling stations were determined. All measurements were carried out during 153 days in which Ahvaz City suffered from dust phenomenon. Measurement results indicate that all the parameters have been significant changes due to the impact of dust phenomena. And the amount of three parameters including EC, TDS and Turbidity was beyond the standard levels while two parameters including temperature and pH were placed in the range of standard levels.
Index Terms—clean air standard, dust, environmental protection agency, qualitative water parameters, world health organization.
R. Sabouri is with Department of Environment and Energy, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khuzestan, Iran, Corresponding author: Roza Sabouri; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Cell phone: 098-916-3069173
M. Afkhami, is with Environment, KWPA (Khuzestan Water & Power Authority), Golestan, Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran.
A. Zarasvandi is with Department of Geology, Faculty Member of Science, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran.
M. Khodadadi is with Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz Branch, Khuzestan, Iran.
Cite: R. Sabouri, M. Afkhami, A. Zarasvandi and M. Khodadadi, "Correlation Analysis of Dust Concentration and Water Quality Indicators," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 91-97, 2011.