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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119-120

Lead content of well water in Enugu South-East Nigeria

1 Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences & Technology, College of Medicine, Enugu Campus, Nigeria
2 Department of Haematology & Immunology, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

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Innocent S I. Ogbu
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
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Aim: To study the lead content of well water in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria. Method: Wells (101) were located using the multistage sampling procedure and samples were collected into clean plastic containers. Analysis was done using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Result: The means lead content of well water samples was 4.44± 0.61μmol/L representing a 1758.5 percentage increase over the World Health Organization tolerable limit for lead in drinking water (0.24μmol/L). There was no significant difference between the means of samples from different locations (p>0.005). Conclusion: Lead contamination of well water was widespread in the city. This underscores the necessity for government of Enugu state to provide portable water for the populace. Studies to monitor toxicity among consumers are suggested.

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