Elemental composition of drinking water supplies in three states in Southeastern Nigeria

  • N. A. Nkono
  • O. I. Asubiojo
Letter to the Editor


The levels of some trace elements; Co, Mn, Cu, Zn, Cr, Cd, Pb, Fe, Hg, Se, As, Ni and minor elements; Na, K, Ca and Mg were determined in public drinking water supplies (public taps and groundwaters) in three states in Southeastern Nigeria using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (EDXRF) and flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). The mean levels of most of the trace elements in the groundwater samples were below the World Health Organization (WHO) drinking water quality limits, the only exception being Hg whose mean value of 3.69 μg/l exceeded the WHO limit of 1.0 μg/l. Violations of the WHO limits were also observed for Fe, Zn, Se and Pb in some of the groundwater samples. In the public tap samples only Hg violated the WHO limit.


Water Quality World Health Organization Drinking Water Elemental Composition Nigeria 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. A. Nkono
    • 1
  • O. I. Asubiojo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryObafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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