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Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi

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First Author Affiliation: Sensing Materials and Devices Laboratory, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi. Second, Third and Fourth Author Affiliation: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Laboratory, Acharya Narendra Dev College,  University of Delhi.

 

Abstract: Water is a critical component for life and is an indispensable natural resource containing minerals required for human nutrition. However anthropogenic activities related to rapid industrialization, effluent discharges, overpopulation, atmospheric pollution etc. have stretched water reserves to alarming levels wherein the situation has come to a breaking point. Water quality parameters including pH, turbidity, hardness, presence of calcium, chloride, sulphate, ammonia, total dissolved solids (TDS) and magnesium are evaluated in the present study to elucidate apprehensions about potability of water being consumed in day-to-day life. Eleven water samples from areas in Delhi were investigated for the aforementioned physicochemical parameters to identify water potability issues. A few samples exhibited ultra-high values of TDS (~15,000+ mg/l) while standard value is prescribed at 2,000 mg/l by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Water samples with high TDS values are reported to be potential harbingers of bacterial contamination. In eight of the eleven samples the hardness coefficient was found to be higher than WHO baseline value of 100 mg/l. Three samples from Faridabad, Govindpuri and Pushp Vihar had either more or values approaching BIS standard of 300 mg/l, thereby indicating that the so called potable water was unfit for human consumption. High hardness values can be conjectured to be arising from rusted water supply pipes and/ or mixing of effluents from industries running from homes.

Keywords: water quality, drinking water, turbidity, TDS, Delhi.

 

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MLA: 
Chowdhuri, Arijit, et al. “Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1.1 (2016): 20-25. 
APA: 
Chowdhuri, A., Das, B. K., Singh, S., & Gupta, C. K. (2016). Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), 20-25. 
Chicago: 
Chowdhuri, Arijit, et al. “Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1, no. 1 (2016): 20-25. 
Harvard: 
Chowdhuri, A., Das, B.K., Singh, S., & Gupta, C.K. 2016. Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), pp. 20-25. 
Vancouver: 
Chowdhuri A, Das BK, Singh S, Gupta CK. Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2016 Aug 22;1(1):20-25.

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