African Journal of
Environmental Science and Technology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Environ. Sci. Technol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0786
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJEST
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 1055

Full Length Research Paper

Heavy metal levels in Sokoto metropolis as a result of local production of aluminium utensils

A. U. Cheche1, U. A. Birnin-Yauri1*, C. Muhammad1 and A. Umar2
  1Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria 2Department of Chemistry, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 01 August 2013
  •  Published: 31 August 2013

Abstract

 

Assessment of the levels of heavy metal pollution due to production of local aluminum articles have been carried out. Atomic absorption spectrophotometric method of analysis was used for the determination of Cu, Cd, Cr, Fe, Mn and Pb, while ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) back titration with ZnSO4 was used for Al. Results show that the various concentration obtained follows the order, Al > Cu > Fe> Mn > Ni > Cr > Pd. Although, the concentrations of the metals were found to be generally low and fall below the threshold limit, continued discharge without regulation could cause future problem.

 

Key words: Heavy metal, aluminium utensils, pollution, Sokoto