Vol. 3, Issue 5 (2018)
Physico-chemical analysis of irrigation soil in Babani Quarters in Bauchi metropolis, Nigeria
Author(s): Gin NS, Daniel S, Buteh DS, Sarkin Noma A, Mshelia EW
Abstract: There are locations at Babani Quarters of Bauchi Metropolis, along Gombe road that are used for irrigation activities and there is the fear that the soil used could be hazardous, as such there is a need for a study to be carried out on the Physicochemical parameters, heavy metals and trace metals in the soil used for growing vegetables for consumption by Bauchi populace. Thirty soil samples were randomly collected from five different sampling locations in July 2013 the soil was analyzed using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. The results showed that pH had mean level of 7.29±0.01 – 7.31±0.02, while electrical conductivity recorded 65.98±0.02 µScm-1 – 85.62±0.00 µScm-1. The metals analyzed were lead, chromium, cadmium and arsenic using Cecil 1000 model atomic absorption spectrophotometer at various mean concentrations. The results indicated all the physicochemical parameters, and metals are within the permissible limits of WHO (2005).