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Title: Dissolved organic matter in hand‑dug well water as groundwater quality indicator: assessment using laser‑induced fluorescence spectroscopy and multivariate statistical techniques
Authors: Sefa‑Ntiri, B.
Kwakye-Awuah, B.
Edziah, R.
Anderson, B.
Armah, F. A.
Mensah‑Amoah, P.
Sackey, S. S.
Sam, F.
Akyea, A. G.
Yunus, S.
Tatchie, E.
Nkansah, B. K.
Kumi, F.
Keywords: Dissolved organic matter
Hand-dug well water
Laser-induced fluorescence
Dry and wet seasons
Multivariate statistical techniques
Water quality monitoring and assessment
Issue Date: Apr-2020
Publisher: SN Applied Sciences
Citation: SN Applied Sciences
Abstract: In groundwater, dissolved organic matter (DOM), a complex material, is a contaminant of concern owing to its ability to influence water quality and stimulate microbial metabolism. Using a 445-nm diode laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy, DOM contamination levels have been investigated of well water samples fetched from ten privately owned hand-dug wells during dry and wet seasons of 2016, 2017 and 2018, in Ghana. The results showed spatio-temporal heterogeneities in the LIF spectra, and the fluorescence intensity peaks were generally higher and broader during the wet season than the dry season. In this study, DOM fluorescence spectra at an emission wavelength band of 460–650 nm showed two distinct broad peak shoulders within 480–500 nm and 550–570 nm, engulfing the water Raman peak at 527 ± 2 nm for all the water samples studied. Furthermore, principal component analysis and cluster analysis were used to differentiate the 2016 water samples based on their DOM contamination levels. In each case, three groups or clusters were identified based on their similarities and dissimilarities. The study revealed humic DOM substances as the most typical well water fluorophores. Applying the K-nearest neighbour algorithm as a classifier method for the classification of 30 water samples studied in 2016, 16.7% (5/30) were classified as very good drinking water, 46.7% (14/30) as good, 26.7% (8/30) as fairly good, and 10% (3/30) as bad drinking water samples. In general, levels of dissolved organic matter contamination increased over the study period during the rainy seasons for wells situated in close proximity to septic tanks, refuse dumps, public toilets and in wetlands. Thus, in the study the fluorescence intensity depends on the sampling site and the season, and indicates the DOM contamination level.
Description: This article is published by SN Applied Sciences and is also available at | https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-020-2446-4
URI: 10.1007/s42452-020-2446-4
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