What is it about?

Organic compounds like PAHs are increasingly being realised to be causes of health issues in humans and are therefore an environmental pollutant of interest. In this study, PAHS are determined as to their concentrations in sediments from two rivers in South Africa. These two rivers are important, as they feed some of the reservoirs for water supply to communities. This study then informs policymakers of the dangers faced by communities consuming water contaminated by these PAHs.

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Why is it important?

The study is important in letting government agencies and communities about the sources of these organics (PAHs) and their concentrations in these two rivers in Limpopo, South Africa. This alert will help the policymakers to make decisions with regards to the possible sources of these pollutants, and the inclusion of treatment processes to eliminate these pollutants from community drinking water.

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Researching for this article brought important collaborations with colleagues from other institutions. This enabled us access to modern and advanced equipment. The article has generated so much interest on researchgate and has also opened for us doors to move into the research of other emerging pollutants.

Munyaradzi Mujuru
University of Limpopo

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This page is a summary of: Quantification, source apportionment and risk assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediments from Mokolo and Blood Rivers in Limpopo Province, South Africa, Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A, September 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2019.1666559.
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