Pollution Research Paper

Vol 33, Issue 03, 2014 ; Page No.(541-546 )

SUITABILITY OF GROUNDWATER AROUND PALLAVARAM, CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU

D. SIVAKUMAR, M. THIRUVENGADAM, R. ANAND AND M. PONPANDIAN

Abstract

The groundwater quality was assessed nearby places of Pallavaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The selected physico-chemical parameters were pH, electrical conductivity (EC), total dissolved solids (TDS), total hardness (TH), calcium (Ca) magnesium (Mg), sodium (Na), chloride (Cl), nitrate (NO3), sulphate (SO4) and chromium ion (Cr(VI)). In order to find out the suitability of the groundwater for drinking purpose, compared the value of selected parameters with the value of selected parameters from BIS drinking water quality standard. The physico-chemical study of the groundwater systems of selected in and around Pallavaram industrial estate showed that groundwater is nearly acidic and mostly oxidizing in nature. Further, the water quality index (WQI) rating was obtained to quantify the overall groundwater quality status of the area. The results indicated that the groundwater is not fit for drinking purpose, and can be used for drinking purpose after treatment.

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