alexa Groundwater Quality Assessment in Selected Niger Delta Communities in Nigeria | OMICS International| Abstract
ISSN: 2161-0525

Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology
Open Access

Like us on:

Our Group organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations
700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)
  • Research Article   
  • J Environment Analytic Toxicol 2012, Vol 2(3): 133
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000133

Groundwater Quality Assessment in Selected Niger Delta Communities in Nigeria

Nwaichi EO* and James IO
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Port Harcourt, P.M.B. 5323, Rivers State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author : Nwaichi EO, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Port Harcourt, P.M.B. 5323, Rivers State, Nigeria, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jan 09, 2012 / Accepted Date: Mar 16, 2012 / Published Date: Mar 19, 2012

Abstract

Owing to the inevitability of man’s dependence on water, directly or indirectly and the sensitive nature of the largest Africa’s river delta, groundwater samples were collected from three functional boreholes in Gokana, Ogale and Trans-Amadi communities in Rivers State of Nigeria to appraise the suitability of the water samples for end-users.The hydrochemistry, physical property and expressed microbial load, using conventional field and laboratory techniques were assayed. The results gave significant variations in most water characteristics attributable to Petroleum production, Artisanal refining, Illegal tapping, and Industrial activities among others. Physicochemical properties like TSS, DO, NH3, Acidity, Colour, and pH levels exceeded set limits (Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and Nigerian Standards for Drinking Water Quality, NSDWQ) for all locations and was comparable to the UNEP’s recent report findings on Ogoniland and environment. Also, at p ≤ 0.05, elevated levels of Benzene, a carcinogen was observed for Ogale water samples. Although the expressed microbial load did not comply with standards for all locations, there was no statistically significant difference (P ≤ 0.05) among the three different locations. These are suggestive of groundwater pollution as well as interrelationship with social and health implications.

Keywords: Water quality; Microbial load; Ogoniland; Health risk; Contamination; Groundwater

Citation: Nwaichi EO, James IO (2012) Groundwater Quality Assessment in Selected Niger Delta Communities in Nigeria. J Environment Analytic Toxicol 2: 133. Doi: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000133

Copyright: © 2012 Nwaichi EO, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Select your language of interest to view the total content in your interested language

Post Your Comment Citation
Share This Article
Recommended Conferences
Article Usage
  • Total views: 14712
  • [From(publication date): 3-2012 - Feb 20, 2020]
  • Breakdown by view type
  • HTML page views: 10262
  • PDF downloads: 4450
Top