The Planning Commision, Government of Pakistan

Studies on Heavy Trace Metal Ions in Industrial Waste Effluents in Pakistan

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Courtesy of The Planning Commision, Government of Pakistan

The impairment of water quality due to introduction of industrial pollutants is a major problem faced by big industrial cities. The uncontrolled release of waste effluents to large water bodies have deleterious effects both on water quality and aquatic life. In our country, Karachi, the largest industrial city, is facing a similar problem. The aim of the present work is to determine the levels of heavy trace metals in the effluents of different industries in Karachi Industrial estate. The samples were collected directly from waste outlets and given proper treatment for storage. The concentration of various metals were determine using complexometric method followed by UV/Visible absorption at suitable wavelengths. The minimum level of Cr(1.25 ppm) detected was more than permissible limits as dictated by international agencies (1.0 ppm for trivalent and 0.5 for hexavelant Cr). The minimum concentration of Co in the liquid waste was found to be 0.9 ppm as compared to the recommended dose of 0.2-2.0 ppm. Suggestion are given to control these levels within limits by using chemical methods. Need of strict legislation is also being emphasized.

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