IMPACT OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILLS ON GROUNDWATERSyeda Azeem Unnisa and B. Srivani
Hyderabad is a major Indian city with a population of more than six million and the extent of solid waste generated from the city is estimated to be 2000 to 2500 tonnes per day. The solid wastes generated in Hyderabad metropolitan areas are majorly disposed of as landfill in low-lying areas.There has been a serious concern about the contamination of groundwater when the wastes are, thus, disposed. For the present study two landfill sites Autonagar and Golkonda were selected. The impact of municipal solid waste disposal on groundwater characteristics was investigated by obtaining groundwater samples from these sites. The groundwater samples from autonagar and golkonda landfills sites are polluted and are unfit for human consumption and domestic use but could be used for irrigation purpose. Overall analysis indicates increasing risk for sustainability of groundwater resources.
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