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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 930737, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/2012/930737
Research Article

Evaluation of the Ecochemical Status of the Danube in Serbia in Terms of Water Quality Parameters

1Faculty of Technology Leskovac, University of Niš, Bulevar Oslobođenja 124, 16000 Leskovac, Serbia
2Tehnical Faculty in Bor, University of Belgrade, Vojske Jugoslavije 12, 19210 Bor, Serbia

Received 31 October 2011; Accepted 3 January 2012

Academic Editor: Rosalinda Gioia

Copyright © 2012 Ljiljana Takić et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Danube is an international river passing partly through Serbia. The protection of the environment and sustainable use of water resources is a primary task that implies constant monitoring of the quality status and evaluation of ecochemical status of the water in the Danube basin. The investigation includes calculation of all-inclusive water quality by the Serbian water quality index (SWQI) method and an evaluation of eco-chemical status of the Danube water in terms of water quality parameters from the entry to the exit point along its course through Serbia in the year of 2009. The results show that the overall quality of the Danube water on the territory of Serbia corresponds to the descriptive indicator of “very good” water. According to the Council Directive 75/440/EEC, the evaluation of the ecostatus, with slight deviation of individual parameters at Pančevo, corresponds to A1 category of the surface water quality intended for the abstraction of drinking water supplies in member states.