GROUNDWATER QUALITY AT IDU URUAN WATER HEADWORK AND ADJOINING ENVIRONMENT IN AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA
Ukpong, E. C.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
This experiment was carried out to analyze groundwater quality at Idu Uruan water headwork. Five samples were collected at random from the study area while the Idu Uruan water headwork was the control sample. The test result showed that all samples met the Nigerian Standard for Drinking Water Quality (NSDWQ) and World Health Organization (WHO) specifications for the physicochemical parameters. Samples A, B, D and E met the NSDWQ and WHO specifications being maximum of 5 Nephle-metric turbidity unit (NTU) and sample C with turbidity of 10.2NTU which is above specification. The PH result of the samples showed that all samples are slightly acidic. The bacteriological analysis showed that samples C and D were bacteria free, sample B had E. Coli 0 per 100ml and total coliform count of 10 per 100ml which shows that according to NSDWQ B is fit for drinking. Samples A and E showed evidence of heavy pollution and water from these sources are not fit for drinking due to fecal intrusion. It was recommended that all wells should be filled and abandoned wells should never be used for waste disposal as it was a path for contaminants to enter the aquifer and septic tanks should be pumped out every 1 to 2 years.