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Title: Determination of the Physico-Chemical Properties and Heavy Metal Status of the Tano River along the Catchment of the Ahafo Mine in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana
Authors: Banunie, Albert
Fei-Baffoe, Bernard
Otchere, K. G.
Keywords: Heavy metal
Agricultural activities
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology
Citation: Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, 2018, 8:3 DOI: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000574
Abstract: The study was conducted to determine the physico-chemical properties and heavy metal status of the Tano River along the catchment of the Ahafo Mine in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. To achieve this, water samples were taken at access points of the Tano River at Ntotroso (upstream) and Kenyase (downstream) and analyzed at the KNUST Central Laboratory to determine pH, Conductivity, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity and Dissolved Oxygen and the concentrations of Arsenic, Lead, Copper, Cadmium and Mercury. Data collected were analysed using the Statistical Product and Service Solution (Version 20). The results from the analysis showed that the physicochemical properties of the river investigated were all within the recommended range of acceptable water quality except for DO which was slightly lower than recommended threshold. The concentrations of heavy metals were also relatively low and all fall within tolerable threshold of the EPA and WHO except for the concentrations of lead which were slightly higher than the recommended threshold at both the upstream and downstream. The study recommends that frequent monitoring of all surface water bodies should be done to ensure the quality of the water is not compromised.
Description: An article published in Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, 2018, 8:3, DOI: 10.4172/2161-0525.1000574
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11548
ISSN: 2161-0525
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