Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Eutrophication

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The aging process of a body of water caused by the depletion of available oxygen. The process is characterized by development of an environment rich in nutrients and consequent proliferous plant production. Manmade eutrophication of inland water courses and shallow coastal waters is caused by excessive discharge of nutrients, especially phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) in the form of PO4 and NO3. Barn yard runoff and fertilizers accelerate eutrophication.

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