International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Environmental Science Studies | Cameroon | Volume 8 Issue 8, August 2019 | Rating: 6.6 / 10

Abattoir Waste Management and Its Potential Effects on Humans and Surface Water Quality: South West Region, Cameroon

Quinta B. Bakume | Asong T. Valentine | Uwem Essia

Abstract: The study assesses abattoir waste management and its potential effects on humans and surface water quality the South West Region, Cameroon. Specifically, the structures, facilities and practices at eight (8) abattoirs were studied. Information was collected using survey, questionnaires, key informant interviews and direct observation. Additionally, water samples from nearby streams were collected and analyzed. The outcome of water sample analyses was further analyzed statistically using student t-test and correlation analyses. Findings indicated that only one abattoir had the required facilities for slaughtering and treatment of waste. Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Turbidity exceeded the WHO standards, while pH, Temperature, Conductivity, Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Nitrates were below. Analyses of water samples collected indicated that the abattoirs generated pollutants. It is recommended that abattoirs should be equipped with up-to-date slaughtering and waste collection/management facilities.

Keywords: Abattoir, Waste Management, Effluent, Water quality, Pollution

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 8, August 2019,

Pages: 2218 - 2223

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