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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2004 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 189-192
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.189.192
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Fluoride Content of Drinking Water Sources in Al-Gassim Region of Central Saudi Arabia

Saud S. AL-Oud

The quality of 160 water samples comprised of 27 well water (WW) samples 87 municipal network water (MNW) samples, 22 commercial municipal water (CMW) samples and 24 locally produced bottled water (LBW) samples, in AL-Gassin region of Central Saudi Arabia was investigated with respect to F¯ concentration. The most salient features of the findings indicated that 55.6% of WW, 89.7% of MNW and 72.7% of CMW have F¯ concentrations lying well below the recommended lower permissible level (0.6 mg L¯1) of the Saudi Standard (SASO)(1984) or even lower than 0.5 mg L¯1 for many of the samples. Only very few of the samples investigated showed F¯ levels above the maximum permissible level (1 mg L¯1) set by SASO. On the other hand, the F¯ concentration of LBW samples investigated falls exclusively within the SASO (1984) range (0.6- 1 mg L¯1). Accordingly, the concentrations of F¯ are alarming since an overwhelming majority of the samples investigated were below the lower permissible limit of 0.6 mg L¯1 set by SASO (1984). The guideline of the WHO is 1.5 mg L¯1 while the EEC and USEPA guidelines lie within the range of 0.7-1.5 and 2-4 mg L¯1, respectively. It is, therefore, recommended that a prompt fluoridation programme be considered for the respective sources.
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How to cite this article:

Saud S. AL-Oud , 2004. Fluoride Content of Drinking Water Sources in Al-Gassim Region of Central Saudi Arabia. Journal of Applied Sciences, 4: 189-192.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.189.192






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