HEAVY METAL CONCENTRATION IN SURFACE WATER AROUND THE INDUSTRIAL AREA M.I.D.C. MAHAD, MAHARASHTRA, INDIASrikant Kekane and R.P. Chavan
The surface water quality in Mahad M.I.D.C.âs industrial area was analysed; it is used for irrigation and domestic purposes, so the quality of water must be assessed. Rapid industrialization and growing urbanization are the predominant factors responsible for the progressive stress on the areaâs water. As a result, in light of this serious issue, the current study was undertaken to assesses surface water pollution caused by heavy metals. Throughout the year, water samples were obtained from Nalas and river located across the industrial area at one-month intervals. Using an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, the heavy metals iron, copper, zinc, manganese, nickel, chromium and cobalt were determined (Perkin Elmer make model No. Aanyst 200). A comparison of surface water with WHO (1993) and BIS (1991) recommendations reveals that the majority of water samples contain heavy metal concentrations below the maximum permissible level.