IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 11, November 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Umarfarooq Adavudi Abdulwahab, Sanusi Susi Sumaila, Williams Michael Manja, Bright Opoku, Josiah Ibrahim
The high cost of treating drinking water makes most poor people in the rural communities resort to readily available sources which are mostly polluted, thus, exposing them to water borne diseases. It is in the light of this that this research was carried out to find out the effectiveness of powder extracted from mature-dried Moringaoleiferaseeds; a cheap and readily available natural coagulant. The physiochemical treatment of water treated with Moringa seed powder and alum were compared and analyzed. 2g, 3g, 4g and 5g concentrations for both alum and Moringaseed powder were used and their result compared. A control was also included. The settlement time of suspended particles, pH and conductivity measurements were noted prior and after treatments. Even though alum was a better coagulant judging from the settling time, Moringa concentrations did not influence the pH to acidic level. There is a slight increase in conductivity for Moringa treatment while there was a high increase in conductivity with increase in concentration of alum. Findings from this study indicates that Moringaoleifera seed powder can be a potentially viable substitute to alum in the treatment of water.