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Spatio-Temporal Characteristics and Source Apportionment of Water Pollutants in Upper Reaches of Maotiao River, Southwest of China, from 2003 to 2015

H. W. Wei1,2, M. Hassan1,3, Y. Che1, Q. K. Peng4, Q. Wang4, Y. L. Su1,2, and B. Xie1,2 *

  1. Shanghai Key Lab for Urban Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration, School of Ecological and Environmental Science, East China Normal University, 500 Dong Chuan Road, Shanghai 200241, PR China
  2. Shanghai Institute of Pollution Control and Ecological Security, Shanghai 200092, PR China
  3. School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, PR China.
  4. Baiyun District Environmental Monitoring Station, 17 Qi Yi Road, Guiyang, Guizhou 550014, PR China

*Corresponding author. Tel.: +86 21 54341276; fax: +86 21 54341276 E-mail address: (B. Xie).


The Maotiao River is playing an indispensable role in protecting water quality of the Yangtze River of China. Its hydropower development also provides adequate power and clean resources for the local areas. To understand the water quality of the upper reaches (i.e., Maijia River), seven indices such as dissolved oxygen (DO), chemical oxygen demand (CODCr), biochemical oxygen demanded (BOD5), ammonia nitrogen (NH3-N), total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP) and fluoride of samples collected from 4 sites from 2003 to 2015 were studied using multiple analysis approaches. For winter-spring and summer-autumn seasons, pictures of spatio-temporal characteristics were presented and the reasons behind their variation trend were elaborated. The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Water Quality Index (CCME WQI) was evaluated to concisely mark the water quality. Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to identify the source of pollutants. The results showed that the water quality status in Maijia River was poor from 2008 to 2011 and acceptable from 2003 to 2007, and 2012 to 2015, respectively. The CODCr, NH4-N and TN were considered to be the primary pollutants during winter-spring and summer-autumn seasons. The quality of Maijia River was influenced strongly by human activities. Environmental treatment and pollution sources of the middle and lower reaches of the river need to be focused. This study paves a way to improve the ecological environment of Maotiao River and overall water quality management of the middle and upper reaches of Yangtze River.

Keywords: Upper reaches of Maotiao River, CCME WQI, rrincipal component analysis, spatio-temporal characteristics, source apportionment of water pollutants

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