Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 4, Issue 2,2006
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Characteristics of leachate at the Qurain dumping site


Saleh Al-Muzaini

Recieved Date: 2005-12-13, Accepted Date: 2006-03-15


Levels of physicochemical parameters and heavy metals were determined in landfill leachate samples from Qurain landfill site. Over twelve month study period (January to December 2003), levels at the Qurain landfill site were: pH 7.8-9.40; total dissolved solids (TDS) 3.59-21.90 mg/l; conductivity 1.83 to 36.50 µs/cm; salinity 1-22.30‰; Cl 0.5-13.63 mg/l ; S 0.1-2.31 mg/l; N 0-6.8 mg/l; P 0.13 to 6.88 mg/l; total carbon 212-4376 mg/l; Ca 14.5-437 mg/l; Cd < 0.05-0.05 mg/l; Co <0.05-0.05 mg/l; Cr 0.05-0.7 mg/l; Cu < 0.05- 0.05 mg/l; Fe 0.1- 9.4 mg/l; Hg 0.1-1.2 mg/l; Mg 0.05-0.17 mg/l; Na 361-4450 mg/l; Ni 0.05-0.28 mg/l; Pb 0.05-0.12 mg/l; Zn 0.05-0.9 mg/l. The study helped to understand the behavior of various pollutants present in the landfill leachate and the extent of pollution. At present, the leachate site may not exhibit any significant accumulation of contamination. However, the results of the study indicate that further long-term monitoring program should be implemented for the Qurain site.


Heavy metals, leachate, pollution, landfill site, waste

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2006
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Category: Environment
Pages: 251-254

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