Characteristics and Quality Assessment of Groundwater in Parts of Kannad,
District Aurangabad (MS) INDIA.
and Development Agency, District Office, Central Administrative
Building, Aurangabad (MS) INDIA
Academic Editor: Dr.
Aher K. R.
An attempt has been
made to appreciate the quality and the suitability of groundwater for
drinking and irrigation. In order to attend this objective, a total of
20 representative water samples were collected from dug wells; and
analyzed for pH, total dissolved salts, electrical conductivity, total
hardness, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, sulphate,
bicarbonate and nitrate. Based on the physicochemical analyses,
irrigation quality parameters like sodium absorption ratio (SAR) and
residual sodium carbonate (RSC), was calculated. The suitability of the
water from the groundwater sources for drinking purposes was evaluated
by comparing the values of different water quality parameters with WHO
and BIS guideline values for drinking water. A preliminary hydrochemical
characterization shows that most of the samples are within permissible
limit for drinking water standards. The correlation of the analytical
data has been attempted by plotting graphical representations such as
U.S. Salinity Laboratory, which are employed to critically study the
geochemical characteristics of groundwater which indicates that
groundwater is suitable for irrigation purpose.