Chemical Prediction of Groundwater Quality in parts of Owerri Imo state in South Eastern Nigeria

Abstract

The Chemical prediction of groundwater quality in parts of  Owerri  in  Imo State was carried  out. The chemical parameters of groundwater samples from  Nekede, Ihiagwa, Eziobodo, Obinze  and Avu  were  subjected to chemical analysis using standard laboratory techniques  . In the study, an equation was formulated that will predict  the chemical concentrations of contaminants of the groundwater aquifer at any given distance in  Owerri   in Imo State.  A total of three replicates of fifteen different borehole water samples were collected based on distances from closest potential sources of contamination.All parameters were detected up to 60m from pollution source and most of them increased in concentration during the periods, pointing to infiltrations  from   storm water. The results for concentration of  Mn, Zn, Mg, and Hardness decreased as distance increases while further  increase in distance may decrease or increase the values of Cu. Results also showed that most of the boreholes were polluted and not suitable for human consumption without adequate treatment.

This study accentuates the need to set standards for the siting  of  wells from septic tanks, abolishment of unhealthy waste disposal practices and introduction of modern techniques are recommended

Keywords: Chemical., Distance, Groundwater, Owerri West

Unique Article ID: IJCECEM-104

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