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Measurements of boron concentration from rivers in northern Basrah Governorate using SSNTDs

, Thaer M. Salman
Published: 2 March 2022

Abstract: Consumption of boron-contaminated food and drinking water poses several health risks to consumers. As a result, the boron content in food particles must be measured. Drinking water samples were obtained from several locations in northern Basrah, Iraq, for this investigation. The Solid State Nuclear Track Detector (SSNTDs) technique was used to examine the obtained water samples to identify boron levels. Boron levels were found to range from 0.28 ppm in Al Alwa (Al Qurnah) (tap water) to 1.85 ppm in Oil Street. This study's findings were compared to international standard values and previously published research. These findings may be utilized by the Iraqi government to develop guidelines to decrease radioactive contamination of drinking water in Basrah. The 41 surface water samples tested in this study had boron levels that were lower than the international standard limits. As a result, the boron level in Basrah's drinking water is normal. However, there is a chance that boron contamination will become a serious concern shortly. As a result, additional research is required in the future.
Keywords: contamination / drinking water / Basrah / ppm / boron contaminated / SSNTDs / boron levels

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