Arsenic contamination of aquifers: a detailed investigation on irrigation and portability

Shirazi, S.M. and Islam, M.A. and Ismail, Z. and Jameel, M. and Alengaram, U.J. and Mahrez, A. (2011) Arsenic contamination of aquifers: a detailed investigation on irrigation and portability. Scientific Research and Essays, 6 (5). pp. 1089-1100. ISSN 1992-2248,

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A series of experiment on water samples at different depths of aquifer was conducted to find out the suitability for irrigation and drinking water quality in relation to arsenic contamination. All the groundwater samples in deep aquifer for irrigation were almost good in respect of electrical conductivity (EC), normal in respect of sodium adsorption ratio (SAR), satisfactory in respect to residual sodium bi-carbonate (RSBC), good in respect of permeability index (PI), soft to very hard with respect to total hardness (TH), good to doubtful for soluble sodium percentage (SSP) and practically neutral to slightly alkaline in respect of pH. Excepting a few, the water samples were not harmful to soil in respect of magnesium adsorption ratio (MAR) and Kelly�s ratio (KR). Iron concentrations were far below the recommended upper limit of irrigation water except magnesium. All water quality parameters were found to be correlated with each other. Most of the groundwater samples at shallow aquifer were not suitable for drinking purpose in relation to arsenic (< 0.05 mgL-1) in that area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Groundwater; irrigation; arsenic; aquifer
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering > Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammed Salim Abd Rahman
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 01:11
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 11:46

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