The Most Frequent Pollutants in a River

  • Marcello Benedini
  • George Tsakiris
Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 70)


There are numerous pollutants of various nature that affect a water body. They can be chemicals, bacteria or radioactive substances. Many of them are nonconservative and undergo changes when they are in contact with the water. The most frequent pollutants are the compounds of oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus, whose transformations can be described by means of specific biochemical processes. Their presence in the water quality models is realised in the form of local injection or first-order kinetics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcello Benedini
    • 1
  • George Tsakiris
    • 2
  1. 1.Water Research InstituteArea Ricerca MontelibrettiRomeItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of Reclamation Works and Water Resources ManagementNational Technical University of Athens School of Rural and Surveying EngineeringZografou, AthensGreece

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