IMPACT OF URBAN WASTEWATERS ON GROUNDWATER QUALITY IN THE WATERSHED OF MIDDLE SEBOU (MOROCCO)

Impact of urban wastewaters on groundwater quality in the watershed of Middle Sebou (Morocco)

Elhoussine Derwich, Zineb Benziane, Lahcen Benaabidate, Driss Belghyti

University of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, CURI, P.O. Box: 2626, Fez 30000, MOROCCO
Faculty of Sciences Dehar Mehraz, Department of Biology, P.O. Box: 1796, Atlas, Fez 30000, MOROCCO
Laboratory of Georesources and Environment, FST – Fez, P.O. Box: 2202, Fez 30000, MOROCCO
Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, P.O. Box: 133, Kenitra 14000, MOROCCO

Abstract

The study has been carried out in November 2007 and July 2008 on eight wells located in the vicinity of Fez stream and Sebou River which waters are polluted from discharges issued from the urban area of Fez city. The obtained results showed important concentrations in heavy metals mainly in wells drilled inside the alluvial aquifers and located more meadows of the Fez stream and Sebou River. The comparison of the contents of heavy metals between shallow aquifers and surface waters along Sebou River indicated a very narrow correlation which can be explained by hydrogeologic interaction between these waters.

Keywords: Groundwater, heavy metals, pollution, Fez stream, Sebou River, Morocco

pdf-dl icon