Naglaa, I. M. Shalaby1; Niema, A. Ali2;

Abeer, A. M. Afifi 3and Samah, A. A.3

1Limnology Dept, 2Fish Ecology and Biology Dept, 3Fish Diseases Dept. Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research, Agricultural Research Center. Egypt.

Received 2/ 3/ 2014

Accepted 22/ 4/ 2014


Sugarcane bagasse was investigated for its capability as a low-cost adsorbent for treating sewage and agricultural drainage waters via improving their physico-chemical and microbiological characteristics. Water samples were collected from sewage water drain, represented by Saft El-Henna drain and from agricultural drainage water represented by Khazbak drain. Both drains located in Al-Sharkeya governorate. Polluted waters were treated with different concentrations of sugarcane bagasse (0, 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 g/l) for different contacting periods (1, 24, 72 or 144 hours). Water temperature, pH, total alkalinity, total hardness, NO2, NO3, NH3, total nitrogen, orthophosphates and total phosphorous as well as total bacterial, total fungal and total yeast count in both treated and non treated waters were determined. Obtained results indicated that the concentrations of NO2, No3, NH3, total nitrogen, orthophosphates and total phosphorous in the two investigated polluted water had been reduced significantly. It’s observed also that total bacterial count in the two investigated polluted water reduced significantly after 1 hour of application, leading to the conclusion that the investigated sugarcane bagasse could be considering effective adsorbent for improving the tested parameters and increasing the quality of the tested drainage waters.