Effects of Illegal Mining Activities on Water Resources for Irrigation Purposes, Amansie West District, Ghana

Authors(5) :-Gabriel Quansah, Adams Sadick, Joseph Fenning, Kwabena Nketia, Eric Asamoah

This paper assessed the suitability of water in the Amansie West District in the Ashanti Region of Ghana for irrigation purposes and future planning of clean water resources. Twenty one (21) locations were selected on the major rivers and their tributaries in the district for sampling and the water samples taken at the depth of 15cm from the rivers. The samples were analyzed at Soil Research Institute's Laboratory for irrigation water quality parameters and compared with international water quality standard set for irrigation. All the irrigation water quality parameters, pH, temperature, ECw, TDS, Ca, Mg, Na, K and SAR were within the permissible limit and suitable for irrigation. Heavy metals (Fe, Pb and Cd) levels were all within allowable limits except Mn and Zn. However, further study to examine anions such as bicarbonate and carbonate for irrigation suitability is recommended.

Authors and Affiliations

Gabriel Quansah
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy, Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana
Adams Sadick
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy, Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana
Joseph Fenning
Soil Microbiology, Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana
Kwabena Nketia
Soil Genesis, Survey and Evaluation, Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana
Eric Asamoah
Soil Genesis, Survey and Evaluation, Soil Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana

Water Quality, Irrigation, Rivers, Cations, Anions

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 4 | July-August 2016
Date of Publication : 2016-08-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 664-668
Manuscript Number : IJSRSET1624103
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099

Cite This Article :

Gabriel Quansah, Adams Sadick, Joseph Fenning, Kwabena Nketia, Eric Asamoah, " Effects of Illegal Mining Activities on Water Resources for Irrigation Purposes, Amansie West District, Ghana, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.664-668, July-August-2016.
Journal URL : http://ijsrset.com/IJSRSET1624103

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