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Physico-chemical analysis of drinking water in different districts of southern West-Bengal, India

Ujjal Das, Arnab Basu and Sheela Roy

Fishery and Aquaculture unit, Department of Zoology (P.G. Section),
Vidyasagar College, Block CL, Sector II, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700 091

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Received: 17-08-2016
Revised: 28-09-2016
Accepted: 30-09-2016

The drinking water samples from taps (supplied by the Municipalities) and tube wells, collected from 19 sites of 8 districts of southern part of West Bengal, India were examined to determine the physical (odour, colour) and chemical parameters (pH, chloride, arsenic, iron, alkalinity, hardness etc). Dissolved oxygen (4.25 – 9.93 ppm), conductivity (0.25 – 3.24ms/cm), TDS (129.2 – 167.1 ppm), pH (6.62 – 7.7), Total alkalinity (110.0 – 460.0 ppm), calcium (6.41 – 133 ppm) and magnesium (0.97 – 86.74 ppm) were recorded from all sites. The data revealed that collected water samples of all sites were within the safe tolerance limit. Only chloride (42.6 – 986.5 ppm) and hardness (32.0 – 688.0 ppm) showed a wide variation at different locations. Arsenic (< 0.01 ppm) had a safe level in all the water samples. In three sites iron content recorded (0.29 - 1.71ppm) were beyond the maximum tolerance limit. Microbiological tests were also done to detect the presence of microbial load. Only one sites indicated the presence of faecal contamination.

ground water, microbial load, tap water, water analyses, west Bengal

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Ujjal Das, Arnab Basu and Sheela Roy, 2016. Physico-chemical analysis of drinking water in different districts of southern West-Bengal, India. Science Research Reporter, 6(2):119-125.

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