Abstract—The problem of providing an adequate supply and
supply of drinking water and other necessary water, today
more than ever is a global concern because climate change
caused by environmental pollution not only has reduced water
reserves but has also contributed to the degradation of aquatic
biodiversity. Care for the preservation of surface water directly
affects the preservation of groundwater quality. Therefore,
such a thing has motivated us to explore the water quality of
Morava e Binçës, a river that flows and refreshes the
northeastern part of Kosovo. To have an accurate assessment,
of the quality of river waters, in the research area, we have
targeted four monitoring points (S1, S2, S3, and S4), and we are
based on some standard ISO and EPA methods, which
correspond to the quality of surface waters. The results have
shown that during the four seasons of the year, we have
encountered Physico-chemical pollution at all monitoring
points, but more prominent excesses have resulted during the
summer and autumn at the S4 sampling site with COD
(159.8mg/L) and BOD5 (64.5 mg/L). While we encountered
more pronounced excesses with heavy metals in the summer
season in S4 with Mn (0.052mg/L), while in the fall, in S3 with Cd
Such pollution has occurred as a consequence of urban and industrial discharges; the use of chemicals in agricultural lands and the presence of the regional doping with the urban waste of Gjilan, located not far from the banks of this river categorizes these waters as poor ecological status.
Index Terms—Morava e Binçës River, pollution, physico-chemical parameters, Cd and Mn, ecological status.
Milaim Sadiku and Sadija Kadriu are with University ―Isa Boletini‖, Faculty of Food Technology, Mitrovice, Kosovo (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Milaim Sadiku and Sadija Kadriu, "Impact of Polluting Sources on Physico-Chemical Properties and Content of Heavy Metals in the Waters of the Morava e Binçës River — Kosovo," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 216-222, 2022.
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