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EARTH SCIENCE SERVICES > ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORIES > HYDROLOGICAL ADVISORIES > WATER QUALITY

Definition:
The fitness of water for use (by plants or animals), being affected by
physical, chemical and biological factors.


A Water Quality Advisory may include information on the types of contaminants
that may decrease the water quality in a particular area.


Reference:
Adapted from Jackson, Julia A. (1997) Glossary of Geology, 4th Edition.
Alexandria, VA: American Geological Institute, 769 p.


See http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/ as an example.