In addition to routine water quality monitoring in the Ohio River Basin, 3RQ’s “Targeted Studies” provide the ability for researchers to immediately respond to citizen concerns, develop focused studies, and expand monitoring to parameters other than TDS. As gas exploration and other water quality threats increase throughout the Mon Basin, water quality changes can be monitored through targeted studies to provide a fast response when a potential issue arises. Learn more about several 3RQ Targeted Studies below.
Trihalomethanes (THMs), a family of halogenated disinfection byproducts, are ubiquitously present in finished drinking water. They form as a result of the interaction between organic matter and chlorination in the disinfection process. 3RQ has partnered with several water authorities in Southwestern Pennsylvania to study levels of THMs and conditions that affect their formation.