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Effect of Environmental Pollution on Quality of Water in District Bagh, Azad Kashmir

Author(s): Syed Mubbasher Sabir | Sardar Waheed Khan | Syed Sarfraz Gardezi

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1028-8880

Volume: 6;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 831;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: Water pollution | toxic metals | drinking water | city Bagh | lead contamination

The present work was done for the estimation of trace metals in eight samples of drinking water collected from springs, wells and taps of Bagh city and around. Springs and wells are open and can be approached by any contaminant. The concentrations of Pb, Cu, Ni, Mn and Zn in water samples were determined. The overall concentration of trace metals ranged from 0-7 ppm. The concentration of lead was found quite high (0-7 ppm). The maximum concentration of lead (7 ppm) was found in the Sample (5). The concentration of copper was also found high (0-4 ppm). The maximum concentration of copper (4 ppm) was recorded in Samples (2) and (5). The concentration of nickel, zinc and manganese were found small (0-3 ppm). Thus, the contamination of drinking water by Ni, Mn and Zn is less as compared to Pb and Cu. Physical analysis of water was carried out to assess the quality of water. Temperature was found between 18-230C for different samples. All samples were tested and found colorless, odorless and tasteless. PH was determined by pH meter and ranked from 5.5-7. Most of the samples were almost at neutral pH, however, sample (5) was reported acidic (pH 5.5).
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