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An empirical assessment of value-chain analysis and competitive water quality assessment in Ikot Akpa Nkuk community in Ukanafun local government area of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria

M.A. Abua, A.I. Afangideh, B.A. Ayiri, A.J. Akiang

Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Calabar-Calabar, Nigeria

Key words: Empirical assessment, value-chain analysis, physic-chemical properties, water samples, water quality and portability.

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Ground and surface water samples were analyzed for physico-chemical parameters with recourse to water quality assessment in Ikot Akpa Nkuk Community and its environs, Ukanafon Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The aim of the study was to assess the level of portability for human consumption, as well as examine whether its salt contents constitute health related problems and alongside offer mitigation measures. Physico-chemical parameters were as follows: Electric Conductivity (63.1 to 79.6NS/cm); Turbidity (0.08 to 4NTU); Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) (2.93 to 6.41mg/l); Chloride (6.31 to 65.8mg/l); and Nitrite (0.58 to 4.36mg/l); Sodium (0.06 to .00mg/l); Ammonium (0.58 to 4.36mg/l); Sodium (0.06 to 0.71mg/l) while total hardness varied from 17.81 to 23.10mg/l. The results indicate that the water is fit for drinking albeit not totally free of contaminations owing to non-zero values of the surface water quality statusfor drinking and other purposes when compared with the WHO And FEPA standards. Based on these results, it was therefore, recommended that the water be treated via boiling and filtering. While institutional and infrastructural support systems be constituted to provide a sustainable water supply in the area under investigation.

Get the original articles in Source: Volume 6, Number 6, June 2015 – JBES

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