International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Full Length Research Paper

Novel method of iron removal from underground dug well waters in communities around Okada town, Ovia North-East L.G.A. Edo State

Chike Luke Orjiekwe*,  Kehinde Oguniran and Solola Saheed Abiodun
Department of Chemical Sciences, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 July 2013
  •  Published: 30 July 2013


Some indices of pollution were studied in water samples from 25 dug wells randomly selected from Okada town and it’s environ. Physicochemical parameters measured include temperature, pH, colour, turbidity, total dissolved solids (TDS), toxic shock syndrome (TSS), total hardness, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, nitrate and phosphate etc. The results of the study showed that dug wells from this area contain Fe and Mn concentrations in nuisance quantity, far in excess of WHO recommended limits, with obvious consequence for drinking and domestic uses. The use of sodium hydroperoxide, a powerful oxidant for the removal of the Fe and Mn from the dug well water samples is described. This novel method is preferable to most conventional methods because it is cost effective, environmentally friendly, very fast and easy to apply.


Key words: Iron removal, dug well water, sodium hydroperoxide.