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Assessment of heavy metal pollution in the Great Al-Mussaib irrigation channel

Omran, II, Al-Saati, N, Hashim, K, Al-Saati, Z, Kot, P, Al Khaddar, RM, Al-Jumeily, D, Shaw, A, Ruddock, F and Aljefery, M (2019) Assessment of heavy metal pollution in the Great Al-Mussaib irrigation channel. Desalination and Water Treatment, 168. pp. 165-174. ISSN 1944-3986

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The Great Al- Mussaib Channel (GMC), in Babylon province, Iraq, has been selected as a case study to measure the concentration of nine heavy metals (Pb, Ni, Zn, Fe, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn and Co) in both water and sediments of the GMC. The latter is used as a raw water source for two cities, which reveals the importance of the current study. Where, any heavy metals pollution could cause significant health problems for the population of these cities. The obtained results revealed that the concentrations of the studied heavy metals in the water of the GMC were less than the pollution levels and followed the order: Pb < Ni < Cu < Cr < Mn < Zn < Fe. It is noteworthy to highlight that the concentrations of Co and Cd were below the detectable limits. Additionally, the results obtained from the analyses of the studied sediment samples showed, according to the values of Pollution Load Index (PLI) and Geo-accumulation Index (Igeo), that the concentrations of studied metals were less than the pollution levels (except for a few cases) and followed the order: Cd < Co < Cu < Pb < Ni < Cr < Zn < Mn < Fe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0904 Chemical Engineering, 0905 Civil Engineering, 0907 Environmental Engineering
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Civil Engineering (merged with Built Env 10 Aug 20)
Publisher: Balaban Publishers – Desalination Publications
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 11:40
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2022 11:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.5004/dwt.2019.24600
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11001

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