Canadian Water Quality Index for the Naranjo river watershed, Las Tunas province, Cuba
Balmaseda Espinosa C. y García Hidalgo Y.
Agrarian University of Havana, Faculty of Agriculture, San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque. University of Las Tunas, Faculty of Agriculture, Las Tunas, Cuba.
Revista Ciencias Técnicas Agropecuarias, ISSN -1010-2760, RNPS-0111, Vol. 23, No. 3 (julio-agosto-septiembre, pp. 11-16), 2014, Cuba.
The use of indexes to value the water quality facilitates its communication and understanding by specialists and public in general. One of the most used is the index proposed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (known as CCME_WQI) for its flexibility in the selection of the variables to be considered. In this paper the CCME_WQI was used to evaluate the water quality for irrigation of surface and groundwater sources of Naranjo river watershed, Las Tunas province, Cuba. FAO directives and recommendations of the Institute of Agricultural Engineering of Cuba were used to define the desirable values. The results show that the waters are classified as poor for irrigation.