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Management of toxic cyanobacteria for drinking water production of Ain Zada Dam

Abstract : Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria in Algerian reservoirs represent a potential health problem, mainly from drinking water that supplies the local population of Ain Zada (Bordj Bou Arreridj). The objective of this study is to monitor, detect, and identify the existence of cyanobacteria and microcystins during blooming times. Samples were taken in 2013 from eight stations. The results show that three potentially toxic cyanobacterial genera with the species Planktothrix agardhii were dominant. Cyanobacterial biomass, phycocyanin (PC) concentrations, and microcystin (MC) concentrations were high in the surface layer and at 14 m depth; these values were also high in the treated water. On 11 May 2013, MC concentrations were 6.3 μg/L in MC-LR equivalent in the drinking water. This study shows for the first time the presence of cyanotoxins in raw and treated waters, highlighting that regular monitoring of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins must be undertaken to avoid potential health problems.
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Amel Saoudi, Luc Brient, Sabrine Boucetta, Rachid Ouzrout, Myriam Bormans, et al.. Management of toxic cyanobacteria for drinking water production of Ain Zada Dam. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2017, 189 (7), pp.361. ⟨10.1007/s10661-017-6058-4⟩. ⟨hal-01555397⟩

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