A pristine environment and water quality in perspective

Maliau Basin, Borneo's mysterious world

Mazlin Mokhtar, Ahmad Zaharin Aris, Mohd Harun Abdullah, Mohd Kamil Yusoff, Md. Pauzi Abdullah, Abd Rahim Idris, Raja Ibrahim Raja Uzir

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Abstract

The chemical characteristics of the surface water of Eucalyptus River, in Maliau Basin, were studied based on its major ion chemistry and its suitability for drinking, domestic use and irrigation. Water samples from the river were collected and analysed for pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen (DO), electrical conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS), turbidity, Cl, SO4, Ca, Mg, Na and K. Besides major elements, Cu, Zn, Ni, Co, Fe, Mn, Cr, Bi, Cd, Ba, Pb, As, Al, V, Se, Ag, Sr and Li were also determined in this study. The results show that the river water of the area reflects natural factors and is regarded as fresh water and suitable for drinking and domestic use. The calculated values of sodium adsorption ratio (SAR), Mg hazard and salinity hazard indicate that the river water is of high quality and suitable for agricultural and irrigation purposes. This study contributes baseline data for a pristine, forested environment for future reference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalWater and Environment Journal
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Keywords

  • Maliau Basin
  • Water chemistry
  • Water quality

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  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Environmental Engineering

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A pristine environment and water quality in perspective : Maliau Basin, Borneo's mysterious world. / Mokhtar, Mazlin; Aris, Ahmad Zaharin; Abdullah, Mohd Harun; Yusoff, Mohd Kamil; Abdullah, Md. Pauzi; Idris, Abd Rahim; Raja Uzir, Raja Ibrahim.

In: Water and Environment Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2009, p. 219-228.

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Mokhtar, Mazlin ; Aris, Ahmad Zaharin ; Abdullah, Mohd Harun ; Yusoff, Mohd Kamil ; Abdullah, Md. Pauzi ; Idris, Abd Rahim ; Raja Uzir, Raja Ibrahim. / A pristine environment and water quality in perspective : Maliau Basin, Borneo's mysterious world. In: Water and Environment Journal. 2009 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 219-228.
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