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Perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoate contamination of riparian wetlands of the Eerste, Diep and Salt Rivers

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dc.contributor Ntwampe, Seteno KO
dc.contributor Okonkwo, Jonathan
dc.contributor Muganza, Freddy Munyololo
dc.contributor Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Faculty of Applied Sciences. Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Studies.
dc.creator Mudumbi, John-Baptist Nzukizi
dc.date 2016-08-16T06:35:48Z
dc.date 2016-08-16T06:35:48Z
dc.date 2012
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-10T10:27:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-10T10:27:52Z
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11189/4901
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11189/4901
dc.description Thesis (MTech (Environmental Management))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2012.
dc.description Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), in particular perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) have been found in aquatic environments throughout the world. Recent studies have reported that owing to their bioaccumulative nature, PFCs may also be present in various water sources, resulting in human and wild-life exposure. Although, these PFCs usually occur at low concentration levels, their presence in the environment has nevertheless been a concern in both developed and developing countries, since water remains an important natural resource for most living species. Water and sediment from rivers are one of the matrices in which PFC contamination is studied, since rivers receive water from various sources. However, limited studies have been conducted in South Africa on PFC contamination of river water and sediments. Although PFCs are sometimes unintentionally released into the environment, the concentration and type of PFCs that contaminate water sources vary among countries and depend on the types of industry releasing them into the environment, suggesting that PFC contamination patterns can be expected to differ from country to country, with PFOA and PFOS being the predominant perfluorinated contaminants. The aim of this study was therefore to determine the concentration of PFOS and PFOA in riparian wetlands of the Western Cape, focusing on the Eerste, Diep and Salt rivers, which are the primary rivers in the largest catchment areas of the Western Cape, South Africa.
dc.language en_ZA
dc.publisher Cape Peninsula University of Technology
dc.rights http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/za/
dc.subject Eerste River (South Africa)
dc.subject Diep River (South Africa)
dc.subject Salt River (South Africa)
dc.subject Chemical pollutants -- South Africa -- Western Cape
dc.subject Perfluorooctanoic acid -- Environmental aspects
dc.subject Fluorocarbons -- Environmental aspects
dc.subject Water quality -- Effect of chemicals on
dc.title Perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoate contamination of riparian wetlands of the Eerste, Diep and Salt Rivers
dc.type Thesis


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