The Quality of Water Samples From Maungani Community Domestic Water Pots, Limpopo Province, South Africa
This study aimed to determine the quality of water sample from maungani community domestic water pots, which includes tests for temperature, pH value, total solids, total suspended solids, hardness, acidity, alkalinity, chloride, chlorine, jar test, biochemical oxygen demand and dissolved oxygen. Maungani community is located within Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, South Africa. The community lies approximately between latitudes of 22º 58' 82" south and longitudes 30º 25' 28.94" east and is about 6km North West of University of Venda administrative building, Thohoyandou. Elevation of the study area is approximately 2165ft above sea level. Maungani community is supplied with water from Vondo dam which is on the Mutshindudi River near Sibasa, Limpopo province. Approximately 260 samples were collected randomly using a systematic random sampling technique. Based on the analysis, the average temperature, concentration of pH value, turbidity, TDS (Total Dissolved Solids), TSS (Total Suspended Solids), DO (Dissolved Oxygen), BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand), total hardness, alkalinity and chloride were found to be 27.38 ⁰C, 7.37, 2.438 NTU, 156.8 mg/l, 2.653 mg/l, 42.156 mg/l, 3.6 mg/l, 8.65 mg/l, 102.3mg/l and 21.2 mg/l respectively. Conclusively, the results obtained from the community domestic water pots for water quality criteria parameter are within domestic use/ drinking water standard (IS: 10500).
Keywords- Water quality, IS: 10500, pH, hardness, total solids, turbidity, TDS (total dissolved solids), TSS (total suspended solids), DO (dissolved oxygen), BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) and chloride.