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Colorado Real-time Water Quality Surrogates

Load dissolved solids

Overview

Load dissolved solids commonly are used as a general indicator of water quality. Dissolved solids usually are composed of major ions; calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate, and alkalinity originating from decomposition of soils and rocks. Large dissolved-solids concentrations can make water cloudy and give it a bitter taste. In addition, water with large dissolved-solids concentrations can produce scaly deposits and cause staining, wear, corrosion of pipes and fittings.

Stations That Measure or Compute Continuous Load diss. solids

Click a station to view measurements of load diss. solids.

Station Name Station Identifier
Colorado River above Glenwood Springs, CO 09071750
Colorado River near Cameo, CO 09095500
Gunnison River near Grand Junction, CO 09152500
Yampa River near Maybell, CO 09251000

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