International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 4, Issue 1, 2012 pp 45-49
Geochemistry and Assessment of Groundwater Quality for Drinking and Irrigation Purposes: A Case Study of Sukhana River Sub basin, District Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
Post Graduate Department of Geology, Institute of Science, Nipatnirnjan Nagar, Caves road, Aurangabad (MS) INDIA-431004
Academic Editor: Dr. Aher K.R.
An attempt has been made to check the quality of groundwater of Sukhana river sub basin of Aurangabad district, Maharashtra, India for drinking and irrigation purposes. Thirty five groundwater samples were collected from different dugwells and borewells. The quality assessment is made through the estimation of pH., EC, TDS, total hardness as CaCO3, Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, Cl−, CO32−, HCO3− and SO42− and Based on these analyses, parameters like sodium adsorption ratio, sodium soluble percentage and residual sodium carbonate were calculated. The value of TDS, Cl− and SO4 − ion concentration is within the limits in majority of the samples. The excess amount of Ca++, Mg++, TH and Na+ in the groundwater is due to anthropogenic factors and geological characteristics of the aquifer. The correlation of the analytical data has been attempted by plotting different graphical representations such as Wilcox and US Salinity Laboratory for the classification of water, and results show that most of the samples are fit for irrigation