Assessment Of Possible Dissolved Aerosol Contaminants In Rainwater Sample: A Case Study of Rumuolumeni Community In Obio-Akpo LGA, Nigeria

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Author(s) Robert, James J. | Zedekiah, Uriah E. Mr. Jonah C. Oke
Pages 185-190
Volume 5
Issue 4
Date April, 2016
Keywords Assessment, Dissolved Aerosols, Contaminants, Rainwater Sample

The study considered possible contaminants in rainwater sample collected at Rumuolumeni community in Obio Akpor Local Government Area (4º 45′ E and 4º 60′ E and longitudes 6º 50′ E and 8º 00′ E) of Rivers State, Nigeria. The laboratory analyses of the rainwater sample using Agilent 6890N and Hach 3900DR instruments indicated the presence of the following contaminants: Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon(TPH ) 0.00034ppm, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) 0.00069ppm, and 0.70210ppm of nitrates. These substances-TPH, PAH and Nitrates are potential contributors to health problems in man and animals. The pumping out all sorts of chemicals – particulates, carcinogens, dioxins (toxic chemicals) and even heavy metals into the Earth’s atmosphere have been attributed largely to anthropogenic activities. This calls for public awareness campaign on the dangers associated with consumption of contaminated rainwater and the need to control the indiscriminate release of these toxic substances into the environment of the affected community.

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