Water Quality And Organochlorine Pesticides In Fresh Water Bodies In The Lower Volta Basin: A Case Study Of Lakes Kasu And Nyafie.

ABSTRACT

The study was in two parts. The first part dealt with the determination o f water quality

parameters such as pH, temperature, DO, BOD, COD, conductivity, turbidity, suspended

solids, dissolved solids and total solids. Others are nutrients and ions such as nitrates,

nitrites, phosphates, chlorides, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The rest were

under hardness o f water such as calcium, magnesium and total hardness. Of all these

parameters, only the values for turbidity i.e 80.8 NTU (Super-drain), 68.0 NTU (Kasu) and

25.2 NTU (Nyafie), were far beyond the WHO guideline limit o f 5 NTU for drinking

water.

The second part dealt with the qualitative and quantitative determination of organochlorine

pesticides levels in both water and sediment samlpes from lakes Kasu, Nyafie and the

“super drain” The chemicals, lindane, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and 2,4,5-

trichlorobenzene (2,4,5-TCB), were found to be present using gas chromatography (GC):

The water sample mean for HCB in lake Kasu (11.7ng/L) was greater than that found in

lake Nyafie (2.3ng/L). No lindane was detected in any o f the sediment samples. The water

sample mean for HCB in lake Nyafie (1.9ng/L) and that for lake Kasu (1.3ng/L) were

relatively close. Again, no HCB was found in any o f the sediment samples. In the case of

2,4,5-TCB,its water sample mean value for lake Kasu was a high o f 1114.1ng/L, while that

for lake Nyafie was 822.5ng/L. Of all the pesticides detected, only 2,4,5-TCB was present

in both water and sediment samples of the two lakes. While the sediment mean value for

lake Kasu was 125.1ng/L and that for lake Nyafie was 44.2ng/L. On the whole, the lakes

can be said to be polluted and as such unsafe for drinking and recreational purposes as a

result of the presence o f the organochlorine pesticides found in them.

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BOBOBEE, L (2021). Water Quality And Organochlorine Pesticides In Fresh Water Bodies In The Lower Volta Basin: A Case Study Of Lakes Kasu And Nyafie.. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/water-quality-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-fresh-water-bodies-in-the-lower-volta-basin-a-case-study-of-lakes-kasu-and-nyafie-1

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BOBOBEE, LORD "Water Quality And Organochlorine Pesticides In Fresh Water Bodies In The Lower Volta Basin: A Case Study Of Lakes Kasu And Nyafie." Afribary. Afribary, 14 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/water-quality-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-fresh-water-bodies-in-the-lower-volta-basin-a-case-study-of-lakes-kasu-and-nyafie-1. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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BOBOBEE, LORD . "Water Quality And Organochlorine Pesticides In Fresh Water Bodies In The Lower Volta Basin: A Case Study Of Lakes Kasu And Nyafie.". Afribary, Afribary, 14 Apr. 2021. Web. 20 Apr. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/water-quality-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-fresh-water-bodies-in-the-lower-volta-basin-a-case-study-of-lakes-kasu-and-nyafie-1 >.

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BOBOBEE, LORD . "Water Quality And Organochlorine Pesticides In Fresh Water Bodies In The Lower Volta Basin: A Case Study Of Lakes Kasu And Nyafie." Afribary (2021). Accessed April 20, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/water-quality-and-organochlorine-pesticides-in-fresh-water-bodies-in-the-lower-volta-basin-a-case-study-of-lakes-kasu-and-nyafie-1