OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to assess the chemical quality of drinking water in the urban areas of District Peshawar, Pakistan.
METHODS: This cross sectional study was conducted in Peshawar from January to June 2015, after taking approval from the ethical committee of the Khyber Medical College (KMC) Peshawar, Pakistan. Water samples selected were properly sealed, labeled and then were aseptically transported to public health laboratory, KMC. All the water samples were investigated for selected water quality parameters i.e. carbon dioxide, total dissolved solids, Nitrite, Chloride, chromium, lead and copper; by using atomic absorption spectrometer (AAS 700). Results were analyzed and were presented in form of table and figures.
RESULTS: Total of fifty (50) drinking water samples was selected. Study results showed that all the selected water quality parameters were beyond the WHO standard permissible limits except nitrites, chlorides and total solids concentrations which were found within permissible limits.
CONCLUSION: Quality of drinking water was not in accordance to the WHO standards and thus might pose significant health risk upon its utilization. Moreover, the concerned sectors were suggested to regularly monitor drinking water resources and to report any contaminated or associated health risk to higher authorities for appropriate remedial measures to avoid morbidity and mortality associated with drinking water.
KEY WORDS: Drinking Water (MeSH), Permissible Exposure Limits (Non-MeSH), Morbidity (MeSH), Mortality (MeSH), Peshawar (Non-MeSH).
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