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Trihalomethanes in Tetova's Drinking Water

Durmishi H. Bujar1*, Daut Vezi2, Murtezan Ismaili3, Agim Shabani1 and Shemsedin Abduli1

Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences

The formation of carcinogenic trihalomethanes (THMs) in the process of water disinfection by chlorine has raised concerns in the scientific community as well as in the public opinion. This study aims to determine the concentration of THMs in Tetova's drinking water during the summer season and compare it with the regulation in the Republic of Macedonia, the European Union, and the World Health Organization. To this end, we have used the UV-VIS spectrophotometric method based on Fujiwara's reaction. The THMs concentration measured in fifteen different locations in June, July and August 2011. The results indicate that the summer variation is below the critical values stipulated in the state, EU, and WHO regulations (seasonal average 24.75 12.33 ?g/L). This study is the first of its kind on THMs in the Republic of Macedonia.