Heavy Metals Pollution in Surface Water of Mahrut River, Diyala, Iraq

Abstract: Surface water samples from Mahrut River in Diyala city of Iraq were collected for two seasons, summer and winter of 2010-2011, to examine the concentration of eight heavy metals, namely: Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Nickel and Zinc. The observed values of Cd, Cr, and Pb are well above the recommended value for rivers maintaining system and general water from pollution, while Cd, Cr, Cu and Pb exhibit higher values than the guidelines values for protection of aquatic life. The results of cluster analysis and the pollution load index suggest that the heavy metal pollution of Mahrut river water is mainly influenced by anthropogenic activates rather than natural activities.

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[Abdul Hameed M. J. Al Obaidy, Athmar A.M. Al Mashhady, Eman S. Awad, Abass J. Kadhem (2014); Heavy Metals Pollution in Surface Water of Mahrut River, Diyala, Iraq Int. J. of Adv. Res. 2 (10). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

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