QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT OF WATER RESOURCES USINGWATER QUALITY INDEX IN LOWER SHIVALIK HIMALAYAREGION, UTTARAKHAND, INDIANeeraj Pandey, Nitin Kamboj, Aditi Bisht, Vishal Kamboj and Amrit Kumar
This study aimed at the qualitative assessment of selected water sources in the lower Shivalik Himalayas atHaridwar province of India using the water quality index (WQI) approach. Samples were collected fromthree sources (spring water, groundwater, and river water) at different locations. The findings of this studyprovided information regarding the quality status of different water sources and their suitability for humanconsumption in the selected region. According to the WQI analysis, it was observed that the water qualityof spring and groundwater was good which can be utilized for drinking purposes. Only a bit of fluctuationwas observed that can be managed by prior treatment and using disinfectants. However, the water qualityof the aqueduct of the Ganga canal was poor as it is lying under the poor-quality range of the WQI score.According to the outcomes of the findings, we concluded that regular and proper management of waterquality at these sites should be done and anthropogenic activities should be limited to avail the water in agood state.