PHYSICOCHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND BIOREMEDIATION POTENTIALS OF GROUND WATER IN KADUNA REFINERY ENVIRONMENT

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S. C. Onyeiwu
V. J. Umoh
J. B. Ameh

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Underground water pollution by petroleum hydrocarbon may affect the quality of drinking water and water for other domestic uses, posing a threat to the aquatic ecosystem. This study was aimed at providing data on the physicochemical characteristics of groundwater in the vicinity of Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC), for bioremediation strategy in the area. Groundwater collected at six (6) sites were analysed for physicochemical characteristics, using standard methods. The village well water was slightly acidic (5.67–6.17), while the monitoring wells were slightly alkaline (7.14-7.67). Temperature was found to be within the range favourable for Bioremediation. The dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in the sites (6.70 – 7.69mg/l) are not limiting to hydrocarbon biodegradation. Low levels of nitrate and phosphate are limiting for bioremediation. High sulphate concentration in one of the dump sites wells (350mg/l) is indicative of pollution and corrosion problems. High NTU, chloride concentrations, BOD Levels and electrical conductivity are indicative of pollution.

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Onyeiwu, S. C., Umoh, V. J., & Ameh, J. B. (2022). PHYSICOCHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND BIOREMEDIATION POTENTIALS OF GROUND WATER IN KADUNA REFINERY ENVIRONMENT. The Bioscientist Journal, 10(3), 306-325. Retrieved from https://bioscientistjournal.com/index.php/The_Bioscientist/article/view/127
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