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Quality of drinking water from wells and water treatment plants at west Libya

A. Banana, Adel and Al-Gheethi , A. A. and Radin Mohamed, Radin Maya Saphira and A. N., Efaq and Gadawi , A. M. S. (2016) Quality of drinking water from wells and water treatment plants at west Libya. In: 3rd International Conference on Green Energy & Environmental Engineering GEEE - 2016, 23-25 April 2016, Hammamet, Tunisia.

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Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the quality of drinking water from wells and current water treatment plants (WTPs) at West Libya. Drinking water samples were collected from ten water treatment plants and eleven wells. The results revealed that the drinking water samples from WTPs met the international standards required by World health Organization (WHO) in terms of chemical and physical parameters. However 60 and 73 % of water samples from WTPs and wells has more density of E. coli than that recommended by WHO respectively. The acceptable water samples from the wells ranged from 18 to 36%. Moreover, 63.6% of water samples from the wells contained more concentrations of lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), silver (Ag) and cadmium (Cd) than the standards limits. It can be concluded that the water samples from wells have to be treated before the utilization. Moreover, the traditional disinfection process by using chlorine is insufficient for total elimination of E. coli from drinking water, more advanced disinfection processes is needed for preventing of water diseases resulted from water borne pathogens.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Water; quality; heavy metals; Libya
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD201-500 Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes
Divisions: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Water and Environmental Engineering
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 03:25
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 03:25
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/8684
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