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Studies on the water quality of river Ramisi near a sugar factory
Oteko, D. (1986). Studies on the water quality of river Ramisi near a sugar factory. Kenya Aquat. 3: 76-82
In: Kenya Aquatica. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute: Mombasa. ISSN 2077-432X, more

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Keywords
    Pollution; Sugar factory waste

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  • Oteko, D.

Abstract
    The ocean due to its extended and volume (1370 X 106 km3) is considered an ideal disposal site for most of the wastes produced by man. This had led to a grave state of ecological poisoning aggravated by the long persistence of pollutants in the marine environment. The coastal and estuarine area are places where most ocean dumpings occur and is where most marine life is concentrated. Due to the area being shallow with least mixing there is less dilution of incoming effluents. River Ramisi flows into the Indian Ocean through Ramisi sugar factory which empties its untreated effluents into the river. Cases of dead fish have been reported at the estuary during months of January to March and September to December. This study was initiated to study the quality of the water at the estuary where it flows into, which is adjacent to Funzi Bay one of the best fishing grounds for the artisanal fishermen.

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