International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 2 Issue 3 2012           Pages:1662- 1669

Physico-Chemical analysis of groundwater samples in the Varahanadi watershed, India

Author Information:

Susan Varughese -Department of Ecology & Environment Sciences, Pondicherry University, Kalapet, Puducherry- 605014, India

Devi Prasad.K.V - Department of Ecology & Environment Sciences, Pondicherry University, Kalapet, Puducherry- 605014, India

ABSTRACT
Groundwater quality analysis was carried out in the Varahanadi basin. In the last few years, groundwater has become one of the main sources of irrigation in this area, supplementing the canal surface irrigation system. In the tail end villages of Puducherry, groundwater is the only source of irrigation. Groundwater samples collected from sixteen villages were analysed for various physico-chemical parameters and compared with the standard desirable limits of water quality parameters prescribed by Bureau of Indian Standards and World Health Organisation. It was observed that the bed rock of the study area influenced the groundwater quality resulting in higher concentrations of calcium, potassium and phosphates in the groundwater samples.

Keywords : Groundwater, Varahanadi basin, Water quality parameters, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu.

DOI: 10.6088/ijes.00202030050


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