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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 6)
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Assessment of Arsenic Level in Boreholes from the Wassa West District using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis

J.K. Asane and D. Sam-Quarcoo
Corresponding Author:  J.K. Asane 

Key words:  Arsenic, boreholes, instrumental neutron activation analysis, wassa west district, , ,
Vol. 3 , (6): 717-721
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2011 June, 02 2011 September, 07 2011 November, 10

Surveillance of drinking water is a necessary action intended to prevent the general public from contaminating water borne diseases. In this study, arsenic concentrations in 22 borehole water samples from various locations in the Wassa West district have been studied using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis. The samples were irradiated using a 30 kW tank-in-pool Ghana Research Reactor-1 operating at a thermal neutron flux of 5◊10 n/s.cm2. Elevated levels of arsenic were found in virtually all the 22 samples. Arsenic concentration in the samples ranged from 0.06 ppm to 9.43 ppm. (Mean-2.23,Standard Error of Mean-0.57) with minimum concentration of 0.06 ppm occurring at Ayensukrom No.1 and the maximum occurring at Tamsu-9.43 ppm. These values far exceed the World Health Organizationís recommended value of 0.01 ppm for arsenic in drinking water. The occurrence of arsenic in the area is traced to the existence of sulphide minerals such as arsenopyrites (FeAsS2) present in the underlying Birimian Basement rocks in the area.
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J.K. Asane and D. Sam-Quarcoo, 2011. Assessment of Arsenic Level in Boreholes from the Wassa West District using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 3(6): 717-721.
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