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  Year: 2020 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 20-29
DOI: 10.3923/ecologia.2020.20.29
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Assessment of Physical Quality of Leachates from Dumpsites in Port Harcourt and Environs, Rivers State, Nigeria

Iyama William Azuka and Edori Onisogen Simeon

Background and Objective: Waste generation and disposal is a common issue all over the world. The problems associated with its disposal on the immediate environment calls for intense concern by man. This is due to contamination and pollution problem associated with wastes. This study was carried out to determine the levels of physical parameters from some selected dumpsites in Port Harcourt metropolis. Materials and Methods: Leachates were collected from dumpsites into plastic containers and the Hanna H1 9828 water quality checker was used to monitor the physical parameters of turbidity, total suspended solids (TSS), total dissolved solids (TDS), settleable solids (SS) and electrical conductivity (EC) for a year during dry and rainy seasons. The use of 2-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), t-test, graphs and mean variation were applied to explain trend and variations. Results: The results showed that there was no significant difference in temporal dimension (seasonally) but high level spatial variation (stations) in most parameters. TDS, SS, TSS, EC had relatively higher concentrations for both seasons exceeding both FMENV/WHO and standards for waste water discharge at the Rumuolumeni dumpsite. At the Eluozo dumpsite, turbidity, TDS, SS, TSS also exceeded the recommended standards seasonally except EC which was only by the wet season. Similarly, turbidity, SS, TSS, EC all exceeded permissible limits by the dry season while TDS values were below the limits. Conclusion: The study revealed that these dumpsites remain major pollutant entrants to the environment. Government can make conscious efforts to recover highly contaminated dumpsites like these by financing active remediation processes, enforceable laws, regulations and public health enlightenment and sensitization. Regular monitoring of the physical nature of dumpsites is advocated because it is what the psychomotor domain observes.
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How to cite this article:

Iyama William Azuka and Edori Onisogen Simeon, 2020. Assessment of Physical Quality of Leachates from Dumpsites in Port Harcourt and Environs, Rivers State, Nigeria. Ecologia, 10: 20-29.

DOI: 10.3923/ecologia.2020.20.29






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