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Environmental Analysis & Ecology Studies

Status of Surface Water from Selected Areas of Coastal Guyana and Selective Removal of Pb2+ and Fe2+ using Pulverized Coconut Fibres

  • Open or CloseJagessar RC* and Lord B

    Department of Chemistry, University of Guyana, South America

    *Corresponding author: Jagessar RC, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus, Georgetown, Guyana, South America

Submission: September 1, 2020; Published: December 14, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/EAES.2020.07.000668

ISSN: 2578-0336
Volume 7 Issue 4


Guyana’s surface and domestic water needs constant monitoring to assess the concentration of toxic anions and cations. The status of surface water at five selected areas: Blairmont, Bath, Bushlot, Belladrum and Mahaicony surface water was assessed in terms of the parameters discussed. In all cases, the concentration of cations and anions were below the WHO standard. Only at Mahaicony surface water, the concentration of Cl¯ was above the WHO standards. The adsorbents (coconut fibres) was selective in its removal of Pb2+ at Bushlot, Mahaicony and Belladrum surface water. Also, it showed selectivity for removal of Fe3+ at all cases, whilst the concentration of Mn2+ remained the same for treated and untreated water. For example, the concentration of Fe2+ in the surface water at Bath for treated and untreated water was (7.31 ± 0.44mg/L) and (6.88 ± 0.51mg/l) respectively. It was also shown to reduce the turbidity in all cases, whilst elevating the pH.

Keywords: Guyana’s surface water; WHO standards;Cations;Anions;Selective areas;Concentration

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