Evaluation of the average physical parameters of selected borehole water Samples in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria
Orji Michael Uche and Oghonim, Pius Akaraka Nkem
Department of Applied Microbiology and Brewing Faculty of Biosciences Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria
Potable water is one that is free from contamination, low in compounds that are acutely toxic and have great long-term effects on human health. Physical parameters of some borehole water samples in Agbor, Delta State were carried out to determine its potability for drinking and domestic purposes. Sixty water samples from fifteen boreholes were sampled in June and July, 2022 (rainy season); and January and February, 2023 (dry season). The physical parameters were analyzed according to standard methods. The examination of the physical parameters of selected borehole water samples in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria showed that all the values obtained were within the WHO 2006, maximum permissible limit of 5 NTU for drinking water. However, the turbidity values were generally lower during the dry season. The increased values during the rainy season could be attributed to surface runoff and erosion carrying soil and partially dissolved/un-dissolved organic matters. The low recharge in the dry season may have resulted in lower turbidity of the borehole water.
Keywords: Physical parameters, borehole, water, samples, Agbor, Delta State and Nigeria
CITE AS: Orji Michael Uche and Oghonim, Pius Akaraka Nkem (2023). Evaluation of the average physical parameters of selected borehole water Samples in Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria. IDOSR JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 8(3)125-138. https://doi.org/10.59298/IDOSR JSR /2023/00.11.6000