SUITABILITY ASSESSMENT OF GROUND WATER QUALITY IN RURAL AREAS OF HARIDWAR DISTRICT, UTTARAKHANDMATTA, GAGAN, GAUTAM, RAHUL K., KUMAR, AVINASH AND KUMAR PAWAN
Ground water quality has become an important water resources issue due to rapid increase of population, industrialization, unplanned urbanization, flow of pollution from upland to lowland,and too much use of fertilizers, pesticides in agriculture. In this work, the groundwater quality of rural area of Haridwar district was studied. The samples were collected from five different rural areas and analysed with respect of physico-chemical parameters. The quality parameters were compared with standard permissible limits for drinking water proposed by national and international government bodies. The results showed that all the water quality parameters were below the permissible limits at most of the sampling stations. Only the Ca and Mg hardness were reported higher in concentration at three different sampling location. Risk assessment in respect of Ca and Mg contents at some groundwater sources indicated that these hand pump water can be consumed safely by human.