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Kansas Real-Time Water Quality

Alkalinity, dissolved

Overview

Alkalinity of water is defined as the capacity for solutes in the water to react with and neutralize acid. Sources of alkalinity include limestone and decomposition of organic matter. Alkalinity is important in determining a stream’s ability to neutralize acidic pollution from rainfall or wastewater. The pH levels in low-alkalinity streams can decrease to a point that eliminates acid-intolerant forms of aquatic life. Fish are particularly affected by low pH water. Alkalinity information is used by water treatment managers to determine amounts of chemicals to add during the treatment process.

Stations That Measure or Compute Continuous Alkalinity

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Station Name Station Identifier
Kansas River at Wamego, KS 06887500
Kansas River at DeSoto, KS 06892350
Rattlesnake Creek near Zenith, KS 07142575
Little Arkansas River at Highway 50 near Halstead, KS 07143672
Little Arkansas River near Sedgwick, KS 07144100
North Fork Ninnescah River above Cheney Reservoir, KS 07144780

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