Assessment of Physico-Chemical, Microbiological Parameters and Diatom Algae of Badovc Lake, Kosovo
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Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Prishtina, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Prishtina, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
University of Prizren “UkshinHoti”, 20000 Prizren, Kosovo
Idriz Vehapi   

Biology- Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences., University of Prishtina, "Nëna Terezë", 10000, Prishtina, Kosovo
Submission date: 2022-06-16
Final revision date: 2022-11-29
Acceptance date: 2023-01-09
Online publication date: 2023-02-24
Publication date: 2023-04-14
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2023;32(3):2155–2169
Through this research, we have carried out monthly water quality monitoring in Lake Badovci using microbiological, physico-chemical and diatomic indicators of algae, in order to provide credible data regarding the quality of water in Lake Badovci. The monitoring took place between December 2020 and May 2021. Three sample sites were selected: at the entrance, in the center and in the catchment area. Total coliforms, fecal coliforms, fecal streptococci, aerobic mesophyllic bacteria, and actinomycetes were all analyzed microbiologically. Dissolved oxygen, oxygen saturation, water temperature, pH value, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids, total suspended solids, turbidity, chemical oxygen demand, biochemical oxygen demand, total nitrates organic carbon, total hardness, total hardness of calcium and magnesium, chlorides, fluorides, M-alkalinity, bicarbonates and heavy metals such as Fe, Pb, Mn, Cu and Cd. The highest levels of physicochemical and microbiological indices were found in January and lasted until February at the first sample location. This is due to the torrential rains that have resulted in increased inflows from the rivers that flow into this lake. According to diatomic indices (Descry, Rott SI, IDG, IPS, IBD, and CEE), water has an excellent ecological status and is oligo-mesotrophic, except for some indices that showed a moderate ecological status and mesotrophic level. The activities of monitoring, planning, and management of the waters in this lake, which is used for drinking water supply, washing, and fishing, have to be done regularly.