Quantitative Investigation of Heavy Metals in Water Samples of River Jakara in Kano State of Nigeria

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Year:
2015
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Heavy Metal, Ions, Analysis, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
Authors:
Ambrose E. Ekevwe; Grace Bartholomew M.
Journal:
IJISM
Volume:
3
Number:
5
Pages:
257-259
Month:
September
Abstract:
Environmental pollution is a major global problem posing serious risk to man and animals. Quantitative investigation of six heavy metal ions which include Pb, Cd, Cu, Cr, Fe and Zn in the water samples of River Jakara of Kano State have been carried out using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Calibrations were constructed for the six metals using standard solution. The analysis showed that the concentrations of Pb, Cd ,Cu, Fe ,Zn and Cr are moderately high in the water samples analyzed when compared to guidelines given by WHO. River Jakara is highly polluted by heavy metals like cadmium, zinc, lead, chromium, copper and iron. Prominent among the sources of this pollution is the discharge of effluent waste from local dyeing occupation, peculiar to people of this area and industrial waste from the proximate industrial location among others.
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