Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Water (Switzerland)

Publication Date

10-1-2020

Abstract

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Last period groundwater quality raises big concerns all over the world since it is a limited source of drinkable water and for agricultural and industrial use. While the suitability of the groundwater of Liwa aquifer (Abu Dhabi Emirate) for agricultural use has been previously partially studied, not all the water parameters have been taken into account. Therefore, in this paper, we propose the study of 42 concentrations series of 19 groundwater parameters. We test the hypothesis that the water parameters series recorded at different locations are similar and group the samples in clusters. The main parameters that determine the differences between the clusters are determined by Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Finally, we use a quality index for assessing the water suitability for drinking. The conclusions emphasize the necessity of using more than one technique to evaluate water quality for different purposes and to cross-validate the results.

ISSN

2073-4441

Publisher

MDPI AG

Volume

12

Issue

10

Disciplines

Life Sciences

Keywords

Groundwater, K-means, Principal component analysis, Water parameters, Water quality index

Scopus ID

85092691577

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Gold: This publication is openly available in an open access journal/series

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Life Sciences Commons

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