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Title: Construction of control charts to help in the stability and reliability of results in an accredited water quality control laboratory
Authors: Silva, Flávia Matias Oliveira
Silvério, Karina Santos
Raposo, Mariana
Castanheira, Maria Ivone
Imaginario, Maria José
Simões, Isabel
Almeida, Maria Adelaide
Keywords: Water quality
Control charts
Wastewater treatment
Issue Date: 18-Nov-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Flávia, S., Silvério, K., Castanheira, M., Raposo, M., Imaginário, M., Simões, I. & Almeida, M. (2022). Construction of control charts to help in the stability and reliability of results in an accredited water quality control laboratory. Sustainability, 14(22), 1-11.
Abstract: Overall, laboratory water quality analysis must have stability in their results, especially in laboratories accredited by ISO 17025. Accredited parameters should be strictly reliable. Using control charts to ascertain divergences between results is thus very useful. The present work applied a methodology of analysis of results through control charts to accurately monitor the results for a wastewater treatment plant. The parameters analyzed were pH, BOD5, COD, total suspended solids, and total phosphorus. The stability of the results was analyzed from the control charts and 30 analyses performed in the last 12 months. From the results, it was possible to observe whether the results are stable, according to the rehabilitation factor that cannot exceed WN = 1.00 and the efficiency of removal of pollutants that remained above 70% for all parameters. The method of determining the technological reliability and stability of the treatment station using control charts is an efficient tool for detecting any instability in the results. These results help to monitor the results of the analyses more clearly and thus enable a rapid response to possible disturbances and maintain the quality of the analysis control, as well as determining the accreditation entities.
Peer reviewed: yes
ISSN: 2071-1050
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