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International Journal of Science and Technology


Physical, Chemical and Bacterial Analyses of Groundwater in Ikere Township, Southwestern Nigeria

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Author Aturamu, Adeyinka Oluyemi
On Pages 3o1-308
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 5
Issue Date May, 2012
Publishing Date May, 2012
Keywords Hydrogeology, Potability, Aquifer, Coliform, Escherichia coli, W.H.O.


Abstract

Groundwater in Ikere Township in Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria was assessed for its physical, chemical and bacterial components. Water from 12 wells whose depths varies from 9 m-21 m was analyzed. The pH, conductivity, total dissolved solids and temperature of the groundwater conform to the World Health Organization (WHO) standards for potable water. Metals and compounds which include Magnesium, Calcium, Nitrite, Sulphates, Nitrates, Chlorides, Iron and Phosphates are concentrated in the groundwater to levels which are not injurious to human health if consumed, when compared with the standards set by the World Health Organization for safe and potable water. However all samples of groundwater examined contain bacteria especially, Escherichia coli and Coliforms which makes the water unsafe if consumed untreated. These organisms can be removed from the groundwater through chlorination, boiling and filtering before consumption.

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