Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Water Quality Trends in the Middle Stretch of the River Damodar

Authors(2) :-Ruma Banerjee, Apurba Ratan Ghosh

This study focused on assessing the spatial and temporal variation of water quality trends in the middle stretch of the river Damodar. River water samples were collected from twelve different sites and analysed for various physico-chemical parameters for the assessment of water quality trends. Experimental results showed that the pH ranged from 7.0 8.53, with electrical conductivity 180 710 µS/cm. The value of cationic components (mg/l) viz., Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+ and K+ ranged from 12.346 30.467, 5.417 18.995, 9.425 42.962 and 1.814 12.75 respectively. The value of anionic components (mg/l) viz., SO42 , Cl , NO3 ranged from 8.273 40.935, 4.786 24.698 and 0.045 3.282 respectively. Water chemistry of the area reflects geochemical influences, aided by industrial and other anthropogenic impacts. From the study it was observed that the values of most of the parameters at all sites were least during the monsoon, when the flow volume increased greatly due to the surface runoff. The concentration of studied heavy metals was higher at the upstream of the study area which might be due to disposal of solid waste and wastewater generated from industrial activities. The study revealed that the analyzed physicochemical parameters along with heavy metals exhibited wide range of fluctuations at different locations. The changes in water quality trends in the study area were due to seasonal effects and catchment characteristics.

Authors and Affiliations

Ruma Banerjee
Department of Environmental Science, University of Burdwan, Golapbag, West Bengal, India
Apurba Ratan Ghosh
Department of Environmental Science, University of Burdwan, Golapbag, West Bengal, India

Damodar River, hydrochemistry, spatio-temporal variation, water quality, heavy metal

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Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 6 | November-December 2016
Date of Publication : 2016-12-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 191-198
Manuscript Number : IJSRST162632
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Ruma Banerjee, Apurba Ratan Ghosh, " Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Water Quality Trends in the Middle Stretch of the River Damodar", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 2, Issue 6 , pp.191-198, November-December-2016.
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