Public water supplies contain disease-causing microorganisms in the water or distribution ducts. In order to kill off these pathogens, a disinfectant, such as chlorine, is added to the water. Chlorine is the most widely used disinfectant in all U.S. water treatment facilities. Chlorine is known to be one of the most powerful disinfectants to restrict harmful pathogens from reaching the consumer. In the interest of obtaining a better understanding of what variables affect the levels of chlorine in the water, this thesis will analyze a particular set of water samples randomly collected from locations in Orange County, Florida. Thirty water samples will be collected and have their chlorine level, temperature, and pH recorded. A linear regression analysis will be performed on the data collected with several qualitative and quantitative variables. Water storage time, temperature, time of day, location, pH, and dissolved oxygen level will be the independent variables collected from each water sample. All data collected will be analyzed through various Statistical Analysis System (SAS®) procedures. Partial residual plots will be used to determine possible relationships between the chlorine level and the independent variables and stepwise selection to eliminate possible insignificant predictors. From there, several possible models for the data will be selected. F tests will be conducted to determine which of the models appears to be the most useful. All tests will include hypotheses, test statistics, p values, and conclusions. There will also be an analysis of the residual plot, jackknife residuals, leverage values, Cook’s D, press statistic, and normal probability plot of the residuals. Possible outliers will be investigated and the critical values for flagged observations will be stated along with what problems the flagged values indicate.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Doyle, Drew A., "To Hydrate or Chlorinate: A Regression Analysis of the Levels of Chlorine in the Public Water Supply" (2015). HIM 1990-2015. 1863.