Water Quality and Safety of Potable Water Wells in Gjakova Region, Kosovo

Dardan Kocinaj, Antigona Ukehaxhaj, Arben Boshnjaku, Naser Ramadani, Drita Zogaj, Roza Allabashi

Affiliation: University "Fehmi Agani" of Gjakova, ADD Kosovo

Keywords: potable water well, water quality, drinking water, monitoring, public health

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, News and Views

DOI: 10.17160/josha.8.3.763

Languages: English

At a basic level, everyone needs access to safe water in adequate quantities for drinking, cooking, personal hygiene and sanitation facilities, and it is a fundamental requirement for good health and also a human right. The study is conducted from the University of Gjakova and performed in collaboration with drinking water authority National Institute of Public Health and other local authorities in Kosovo. Water samples were transported from 20 samples to the laboratory at a temperature of (4-50C). The analysis of chemical and microbiological parameters is performed according to international standard methods (ISO methods). Detection of heavy metals in drinking water is performed by ICP-MS according to EPA 6020 A. Results: from 30 physical chemical parameters very high ammonium concentrations (2.6mg/l and higher) are observed in two water well. Conclusion: Studies of microbial contamination and sanitary risk could be improved by adhering to higher standards, including those outlined in our quality criteria.

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