Physico-chemical and microbial analysis of drinking water contaminated with industrial waste in Hattar District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Physico-chemical and microbial analysis of drinking water contaminated with industrial waste in Hattar District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Zunaira Shahid, Aziz Ullah Sayal, Muhammad Daud, Adil Hassan, Syed Aqib Ali Shah, Sulaiman Bahadar, Mazhar Ali, Azam Hayat, Aamer Ali Khattak, Faisal Khan Jadoon, Mujaddad Ur Rehman
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 2), 240-244, August 2015.
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Water is one of the most essential needs for the continued existence of all living organisms on earth. In Pakistan, there is a problem of safe drinking water which is caused by heavy metals due to the presence of chemical industries located in Hattar, District KhyberPakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan. Total Twenty seven (27) water samples were collected from Dingi, Motiyan located near the industrial state of Hattar, KhyberPakhtoonkhwa. Water samples were analyzed in laboratory of Microbiology, Comsat University Abbottabad from January 2015- March 2015. All of the water samples analyzed were not free from the load of Total plate count and coliforms, the highest load of coliforms detected was less than >300 and Aerobic plate count (APC) was 250, while the lowest count detected was 30 and 6 while highest load of lead, cadmium, nickel and chromium detected was (2.808, 0.040, 100, 0.940) mg/L and the lowest count was (-0.006, -0.002, 0.001, -0.133) mg/L in different water samples. With three (3) month research it was concluded that all of the water samples were not fit for drinking because of presence of high load of coliforms and various types of heavy metals. It is considered and suggested guideline for Water Safety Plan for schoolchildren and teachers, which aims to train the children and teachers on simple methods for determining the water quality themselves.


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