|Micro Study of Water Quality of Elizabeth City’s Drinking Wells
Abstract- Micro Study of Water Quality of Elizabeth City’s Drinking Wells Fifteen percent of Americans has their own sources of drinking water. These sources are primarily from wells, cisterns, or springs. Unlike public drinking water, these sources are not regularly monitored for quality before consumption. Contaminated water can be a threat to the health of individuals. Natural sources of water pollution can be caused by microorganisms, radionuclide, radon, nitrates heavy metals, and fluoride. Human activities aids in ground water pollution include bacteria and nitrates, concentrated animal feeding operations, fertilizers and pesticides, and household waste.
The 2006-2007 research team has investigated the quality of water from drinking wells located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The team has visited selected site to collect water samples. Those samples were then processed at the Elizabeth City Water Treatment Facility to determine the presence and levels of several parameters. These parameters include chlorides, alkalinity, iron, monochloramine, and orthophosphate. A database was created using ArcGIS and Visual Basic Applications to input the results of the data processed. Excel was utilized to conduct statistical analysis on the data. Elizabeth City’s water sewer infrastructure was illustrated using a digital map in ArcGIS. This study has helped to identify the quality of well water at the selected sites.