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Title: Chemical and biological characteristics of streams in the Owabi watershed
Authors: Akoto, Osei
Bruce, Theophilus Nicolas
Darko, Godfred
Keywords: Bacteriological
Physico-chemical
Pollution
Self-purification
Surface water
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2010
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Citation: Environ Monit Assess (2010) 161:413–422 DOI 10.1007/s10661-009-0757-4
Abstract: In this investigation, concentrations of physico-chemical and bacteriological qualities of water samples from the major streams within the Owabi watershed in Kumasi, Ghana, were measured at five different locations. The streams were moderately soft and neutral, having a mean pH range of 7.08 ± 0.2 to 7.88 ± 0.6. Total dissolved solids, total suspended solids, grease and oil, alkalinity, and the major ion levels varied significantly at each sampling site. Nutrient levels were however low and did not show any clear variation at sample locations. The bacteriological quality of the water was poor, rendering it unsafe for domestic purposes without treatment. The poor bacteriological quality was due to direct contamination by animal and human wastes. The streams have an appreciable self-purification capacity which is stressed by persistent pollution overloads caused by expanding human activities within the
Description: An article published by Springer Netherlands and also available at DOI 10.1007/s10661-009-0757-4
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12411
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