Fast-Track in-Stream Action to Enhance the Oxidative Capacity within Watershed
Mohamed L. ElKhazragy1, Minerva E. Matta2, Khaled Z. Abdallah3

1Mohamed L. ElKhazragy*, Water Quality Management Unit, Water Research Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2Minerva E. Matta, Environmental and Sanitary Eng. Division, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
3Khaled Z. Abdallah, Environmental and Sanitary Eng. Division, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt. 

Manuscript received on February 01, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on February 05, 2020. | Manuscript published on February 30, 2020. | PP: 1014-1026 | Volume-9 Issue-3, February, 2020. | Retrieval Number: C4764029320/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.C4764.029320
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Abstract: This work presents a non-conventional alternative for cleaning polluted agriculture drainage network within a certain watershed. In Egypt, a need for using marginal quality water in agriculture applications is becoming a great necessity due to water shortage. One important strategy to increase available water resources is to reuse agriculture drainage water for irrigation application. The water system, especially drainage network receives a remarkable amount of pollution (raw and partially treated wastewater). That results to an increase in organic load to an unacceptable level, accordingly, the water quality of the drainage water has been negatively affected and the “reuse” plan has been threatened. Fast-Track In-stream Action (FTIA) is an ongoing fast action suggested to control the pollution of drainage water within a certain watershed to make it more suitable for reuse practice. FTIA as a quick interfere will skip long-term processes of conventional water treatment stages to get satisfactory results in proper time. It presents a practical immediate solution to achieve acceptable level of water quality rather than waiting for full improvement through long-term and expensive conventional programs. In this study a biological maintenance solution was applied and tested in both bench and field scales to assess its efficiency in improving the water quality within selected watershed. An evaluation of this fast-track process was done by measuring a significant key water quality parameters (WQPs) at designed locations of the study area before, during and after application of material. For better explanation of overall water quality and proper comparison, a weighted arithmetic water quality index (AWQI) has been discussed based on eight selected WQPs. In addition to a bench-scale test, two other field investigations were adopted: the first one investigates the effects of fast-track resources when applying the bio-based material under high flow condition with intermediate shock flow (study area “1”), while the other one examine the application of material under low flow condition with intermediate shock pollution load (study area “2”). All indicators, including aesthetics showed improvements in selected WQPs and AWQI during the investigation period
Keywords: Bio-based material, Drainage water reuse (DWR), Fast-track action, GIS, Point source of pollution (PSP), Water quality management, Watershed, Water Quality Index (WQI).