Global Advanced Research Journal of Engineering, Technology and Innovation (GARJETI) SSN: 2315-5124 November 2012 Vol. 1(8), pp 195-204

Copyright © 2012 Global Advanced Research Journals   

 

Original Research Articles

Jacket Rivers, Zimbabwe: Use of the South African Scoring System and Habitat Assessment Index 

Tazvivinga  .A.1,*, Z. Jiri1, S. Muyambo 1, G. Nyamadzawo2 and J. Gotosa

1Department of Biological Sciences, Bindura University of Science Education, P. Bag 1020, Bindura, Zimbabwe

2Department of Environmental Science, Bindura University of Science Education, P. Bag 1020, Bindura, Zimbabwe

Corresponding author Email: atazvivingarunesu@gmail.com 

Accepted 19 October 2012

Abstract 

This study assessed the water quality of Mazowe and Yellow Jacket Rivers which passes through Mazowe citrus estate and Iron Duke Pyrite mine (IDPM) respectively using physicochemical analysis and passive biomonitoring. The physicochemical parameters analysed were temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, phosphates, nitrates and heavy metals. Passive biomonitoring involved assessing benthic macroinvertebrate communities using the South African System Version 5 and habitat quality was assessed using the Habitat Assessment Index (HAI). The physicochemical parameters analysed were lowest at sites 2 and 3, when compared to the other sites. The concentration of nitrates, and phosphates was significantly higher at site 3-6 (p<0.05), when compared to the other sites. The concentrations of heavy metals were significantly higher (p<0.05) at sites 2-4 when compare to the other sites. Site 1 and 5 had higher SASS score and number of families, while the score per taxon (ASPT) was highest at site 1, 5 and 6. The results suggest that habitat quality in the Yellow Jacket River was poor compared to Mazowe Rives as a result of acidity and heavy metal contamination from IDPM. In Mazowe River high nitrates and phosphate concentrations from the estate, may affect the water quality. 

Keywords: biomonitoring, river water quality, habitat assessment index, pollution, macroinvertebrates.

Related Articles


Original Research Article
Saghatelyan AK, Revazyan RH, Ajabyan NA
Early Diagnosis of Ecosystem Pollution and Its Prognosis.
Glo. Adv. Res. J. Eng. Technol. Innov. July 2013 Vol: 2(7): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (235 KB)
Reviews
Badawi A.Tantawi and Shimaa A. Badawy
Climate Changes and Its Impacts on Agricultural production and water resources in Egypt
Glo. Adv. Res. J. Eng. Technol. Innov. September 2019 Vol: 8(8): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (180 KB)
Gyimah Daniel Agyei, Liu Liping, Jun Wang, Jie Gao
Occurrence Fusarium species, mycotoxins on cereal crops and their health implication
Glo. Adv. Res. J. Eng. Technol. Innov. October 2018 Vol: 7(10): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (148 KB)
Fadugba SE, Zelibe SC, Achudume C, Olubanwo OO
On Statistical Analysis of Water Pollution in Yoghurt Industry, South West, Nigeria
Glo. Adv. Res. J. Eng. Technol. Innov. March 2014 Vol: 3(1): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (199 KB)
Original Research Articles
Ramiro Enrique Cepeda Luna, Gabriel Arturo Pazmiño Solys, Washington Marcelo Gallardo Medina, Juan Enrique Ramos Guevara, Mónica Paulina Espinoza Guano and Luis Leonardo Guerrero Garcés
Cleaner production and the management of effluents in the Ecuadorian craft fisheries sector
Glo. Adv. Res. J. Eng. Technol. Innov. June 2017 Vol: 6(4): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (135 KB)
Godfred Owusu-Boateng, Ntim M and Plange-Rhule J
Ambient air quality in the Chirano GOLD mines limited, Bibiani Ghana
Glo. Adv. Res. J. Eng. Technol. Innov. September 2013 Vol: 2(2): - [Abstract] [Full Text - PDF] (377 KB)

Current Issue

Viewing Options

View Full Article - PDF
Download Full Article - PDF

Search for Articles

Tazvivinga A on Google Scholar
Tazvivinga A on Pubmed
Jiri Z on Google Scholar
Jiri Z on Pubmed
Muyambo S on Google Scholar
Muyambo S on Pubmed
Nyamadzawo G on Google Scholar
Nyamadzawo G on Pubmed
on Google Scholar
on Pubmed
Gotosa J on Google Scholar
Gotosa J on Pubmed

Statistics

Viewed 2265
Printed 313
Downloaded 297
Powered By iPortal Works