ASSESSMENT OF GROUND WATER QUALITY OF AGRICULTURAL BELT IN SIRSA DISTRICT OF HARYANA FOR DRINKING PURPOSE
Rani Sushila and C.P. Kaushik*
Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar
*Corresponding author email: email@example.com
Received: 10.10.12 Accepted: 08.04.13
The present study tries to assess ground water suitability for drinking purpose in different villages of Sirsa district, Haryana. Parameters such as pH and EC were recorded in the field. Major anions and cations (Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, Na+, CO32, HCO3–, Cl–, SO42, PO43-, NO3- and F-) were analyzed in the laboratory. A total of 40 water samples from hand pumps and tube wells were collected from 20 villages of the district. Chemical characterization of samples revealed that ground water of most of the samples were not fit for drinking because of high concentration of TDS, chloride, hardness, calcium, magnesium, total alkalinity, bicarbonates, sulphate, nitrate and fluoride etc.
Keywords: ground water, pH, EC, cations, TDS, chloride, hardness, calcium, magnesium, total alkalinity, bicarbonates