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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 7 (2010), Issue 2, Pages 473-478

Assessment of Groundwater Pollution and its Impact in and around Punnam Area of Karur District, Tamilnadu, India

G. Raja1 and P. Venkatesan2

1Department of Chemistry, Paavai Engineering College, Namakkal-637 018, Tamilnadu, India
2Department of Chemistry, Mahendra Institute of Technology, Namakkal-637 503, Tamilnadu, India

Received 8 October 2009; Accepted 5 December 2009

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Various samples of groundwater were collected from different areas in and around the Punnam village of Karur District, India and analyzed for their physicochemical characteristics. The results of this analysis were compared with the water quality standards of WHO and CPHEEO. In this analysis the various physicochemical parameters such as pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity, total dissolved solids, Cl-, F-, SO42-, NO3-, Na+, K+, Fe, Cr, calcium and magnesium etc., were determined using standard procedures. The quality of groundwater samples were discussed with respect to these parameters and thus an attempt were made to ascertain the quality of groundwater used for drinking and cooking purposes in the sampling areas.