Arabian Journal of Geosciences

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 383–393 | Cite as

Status of arsenic contamination in potable water of Northern areas of Mizoram State and its adjoining areas of Southern Assam, India

  • Shikhar Kumar
  • Klaus Baier
  • Ramakar Jha
  • Rafig Azzam
Original Paper

Abstract

A reconnaissance survey was conducted to examine the physicochemical properties of the potable water of Northern parts of the State of Mizoram, India, as well as the adjoining southern parts of the State of Assam, India. Groundwater samples were taken from those sources of water which were used as potable water source in the area. All the samples were analyzed for ionic concentrations of potassium (K+), sodium (Na+), calcium (Ca2+), magnesium (Mg2+), chlorine (Cl), sulfate (SO42−), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), and arsenic (As). Parameters such as pH, electrical conductivity, total dissolved solids, and total hardness were also measured in situ using digital instruments. The aim of the present work is to study the various physicochemical parameters following the recommendations of World Health Organization in order to test whether these sources are safe enough to be used as potable water resources. Furthermore, present work will throw light on the probable causes of presence of arsenic in Silchar City of southern Assam and total absence of it in neighboring state of Mizoram.

Keywords

Arsenic Potable water Tuikhur Assam Mizoram India 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shikhar Kumar
    • 1
  • Klaus Baier
    • 1
  • Ramakar Jha
    • 2
  • Rafig Azzam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering Geology and HydrogeologyRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringNational Institute of TechnologyOrissaIndia

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