Effect of Aluminum Tetraoxosulphate (VI) hydrate (Alum) On Some Water Quality Parameters


  • Idongesit Ignatius Udo Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • Richard Alexis Ukpe Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria


Polluted water, purification, alum, water quality parameters


Communication in Physical Sciences, 2020, 6(2): 823-826

Authors: Idongesit Ignatius Udo* and Richard Alexis Ukpe

Received 21 December 2020/Accepted 23 December 2020

The need to acquire portable water has long been realized by the greater part of the rural area population. However, the technology of purifying contaminated water is not accessible but there are options that are mostly accepted as a better option for reducing the level of contaminants in polluted water. One of such local technology involves the use of alum (aluminum sulphate). The present study was designed to investigate the effect of alum on turbidity, COD, pH, chloride content, sulphate content, alkalinity, total dissolved solids, ammonium, and conductivity of contaminated water. Polluted water samples were collected from some local wells (designed to collect erosion water after rain). Analysis of the quality parameters before and after the addition of alum indicated a significant reduction in all the analyzed parameters except chloride, salinity, and alkalinity. Therefore, has the tendency to remove contaminants from water except for salinity.


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Author Biographies

Idongesit Ignatius Udo, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Department of Science Technology

Richard Alexis Ukpe, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Department of Chemistry


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